Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Outsmart Rain With Right Food

After the scorching heat in summer we long for the monsoon to arrive! But the rains also bring along with a cluster of infections, which can lead to food poisoning, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, jaundice, dysentery, hepatitis A and E. People with an already compromised immunity such as the elderly, diabetic and those with hypertension are more prone to catching these infections. Therefore, it is extremely essential to take care of the food we eat and the water we drink. Here is the guide to eat right to breeze through monsoon. Read and follow the tips to stay well in monsoon.

Foods to select

  • Prefer eating Moong dal, especially the watery kind, is easy to digest. Add more of garlic, pepper, ginger, asafoetida, sonth, turmeric, coriander and jeera to your platter to enhance your body’s digestive power and improve immunity in monsoon.
  •  Vegetables recommended during the rains: bhindi, dudhi, parwal, suran, roasted baingan, and karela.
  •  Non-vegetarians should go in for lighter meat preparations like soups and stews rather than heavy curries.
  •  Go for astringent, mildly bitter and mildly pungent foods this season.
  •  Include naturally sour food (not fermented) like tamarind, tomato, lime, thin buttermilk and kokum in your diet.
  • Drink only boiled and filtered water. And take plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration is a possibility during the monsoon too.

Foods you must avoid

  • Avoid eating food straight out of the fridge. Fresh foods are the best, but if you like to store cooked food in the fridge, heat it gradually and thoroughly before eating.
  •  Avoid leafy vegetables.
  •  Say a big no to street food in monsoon

Things to remember

  • Always wash all fruits and vegetables, thoroughly, before you cook or nibble a single bite.
  • Drink warm beverages. Add mint or ginger or dry ginger powder to tea.

Dr. S. V. Tripathi, Ayurveda Expert, Moolchand Medicity

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