Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Eight Ways to Keep Infections at Bay

Monsoon is the time to enjoy the splash of water after the long sultry summer heat but it is also the time for germs and bacteria to thrive in unhygienic conditions. During the rains, there is a high amount of humidity in the atmosphere due to which our digestive system gets sluggish. Thus, eating the right kind of food and taking care of your overall health becomes extremely important to prevent yourself from falling ill.” Read here how by following these 8 easy steps you can keep infections at bay during monsoon…

Skip eating outside
Try to avoid eating from outside as much as possible. Street foods like pani puri, bhel puri, sandwiches and pakoras may seem very tempting during this season but they contain bacteria that may cause indigestion. Also, don’t drink water from outside. Most of the water-borne diseases like dysentery, cholera, etc are caused due to impure water. Street golas, juices and kulfi should be avoided during the monsoons.

Consume green & coloured veggies
Include lots of green and coloured vegetables in your diet. They have a good amount of nutrients that will keep you fit during this season. Make sure that you wash all your vegetables with warm water or with salt to get rid of the accumulated dirt. You can blanch the vegetables to disinfect them from germs and bacteria. Blanching also helps the veggies from losing its colour, texture and flavour. Also, thoroughly wash and clean the vegetables used in making salads.

Shower immediately after getting wet If you’ve got wet in the rain, go for a shower to protect yourself from infections.” Also, avoid entering an air-conditioned room with wet hair and damp clothes to prevent yourself from a viral fever or cold and cough.

Avoid fish, unless it’s fresh Nutritionist Geetu Amarnani suggests, “You should be careful about the fish and prawns you consume during the monsoons, since it is their breeding season. You may end up with a stomach infection.

Stay hydrated
It is extremely important to drink lots of water during the monsoons, so that your system is clean. But try boil your drinking water and put chloride in it (for one litre of water put 3-4 drops of chloride) to kill the harmful micro-organisms and other impurities, which might cause diseases.”
You can alternate tea and coffee with herbal drinks like jasmine tea, chamomile tea or green tea. It keeps you healthy and builds up your resistance to fight against infections. Avoid drinking too much coffee during the monsoons, as it tends to dehydrate the fluids in your body.

Keep your house clean and pest-free Make sure that your house is pest-free during the monsoons. Get your plumber to check for leakage or clogging. Replace rusted or broken drainpipes since they are the breeding ground for germs and bacteria and can cause diseases like malaria and dengue — which are very common during the rains. Says Dr Jatinder Bhatia, Chief lab services & projects North India, Metropolis India, “Ensure that there is no water-logging in and around your house that might provide shelter to mosquitos
and bacteria.”

Exercise regularly
Regular exercise must be incorporated in your day-to-day routine to stay fit and healthy. Says nutritionist Dr Shilpa Timane, “Since you cannot venture out during the rains for your morning walk, it is advisable to exercise at home. You can try practicing Pilates or yoga or simply indulge in some free-hand exercises
at home.”

Seasonal fruits & bitter veggies are good A variety of seasonal fruits like pomegranates, plums, litchis, pears and vegetables like carrots, radish and fenugreek etc should form a part of your diet. But do not have watermelon or mangoes during this season. Consumption of bitter vegetables like karela (bitter gourd) and bitter herbs like neem and haldi (turmeric) contain antioxidants and medicinal properties that prevent you from infections.
Besides this, consuming a little quantity of wine would increase your body immunity and prevent infections. Also one should increase your intake of vitamin C to help build resistance against infections and diseases adds Amarnani and general physician Manish Sinha.
Swear by the above suggestions and take a splash in rain with fearing infections. Enjoy! Happy Monsoon.

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