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The monsoon brings a breath of fresh air and joy to our lives. The rain reminds us of our jubilant childhood and, along with it, some memories of food delicacies. As rain indicates life and greenery, it’s also not news that certain health issues are prevalent in this weather. To enjoy this monsoon season to its fullest, there are a few foods to stay fit that you can incorporate into your diet.
Seasonal fruits like pears, plums, cherries, apples, jamun, and pomegranates are rich in nutrients like vitamin A and C, antioxidants, and fibre. These fruits will help build you a robust immunity system so you don’t fall sick easily. Opt for freshly cut fruit pieces or make smoothies at home instead of buying them at a vendor’s mart. It is advisable to limit eating outside during the season as much as you can. Also, remember to avoid watermelons.
We’ve all enjoyed a cup of warm tea while admiring the beauty of monsoon showers. A warm cup of ginger tea will help soothe your throat and fight any ailments associated with it. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antioxidant effects. It helps fight chills and viral fever, which are very common during the rainy season. If you don’t like ginger tea, you can crush or extract ginger and mix it with honey and have a tablespoon of it every day or add it to a bowl of your soup.
Indian cuisine is enriched and makes use of various spices like turmeric, garlic, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. These spices have anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and anti-bacterial which work as immune boosters. These spices, when added regularly to our meals, help us protect against infections like colds, flu and diarrhea.
Nuts and seeds such as fenugreek seeds, walnuts, dates, almonds, cashews, and peanuts contain proteins, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Dry fruits and nuts are filled with riboflavin and niacin that help in building our immunity and the antioxidants present in them keep our cells healthy and promote cell regrowth.
Most importantly, to fight diseases like dysentery, cholera, diarrhea and typhoid, it is essential that you only drink clean water and not contaminated one. Whenever you must go outside, carry your bottle of water and remember to drink from it.