5 tips to keep your digestive issues at bay during the monsoon season

Published on: 27 June 2022, 18:24 pm IST

During the rainy season, it is important to keep your overall health, and especially your gut, healthy and happy. Here’s how you can do it..

Gurpreet Kaur
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Be very careful about what you eat in monsoon! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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After the summer heatwave across the nation, we all have been eagerly waiting for the monsoon season to get much-needed respite from the scorching heat. And now the season has arrived, and you will find most of us rushing towards our favourite food joints to have chaat and pakoras in order to enjoy the season to the fullest.

However, with the rain arriving and filling our hearts and stomach, it is also true that the season can take a toll on one’s health, especially hampering the function of the digestive system. It is common for people to experience abdominal pain, cramping, constipation, gastritis, and bloating because the overall gut sensitivity issues increase during this duration.

Nonetheless, don’t you worry! There are some simple tips to follow which will help you and your family members to keep digestive issues at bay during the monsoon season:

1. Hydration is the key

We all know that water is extremely helpful in order to eliminate toxins from the body and keep the gut healthy. Not just water, you can also drink lots of herbal teas like chamomile tea, green tea, or even ginger lemon tea so that both your immunity and digestive health gets a boost.

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Stay hydrated this monsoon season and improve your overall health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Also, read: Eat well, stay well with this Ayurveda-based diet during monsoon

2. Eat light

The rainy season makes everyone feel hungry with an urge to eat fried food specially. However, make sure to avoid heavy foods no matter how irresistible they are. Since monsoon season is extremely humid, it slows down the overall digestion process, which can lead to issues like bloating, gas, acidity and indigestion if you eat heavy food items. Hence, eat light and feel light.

3. Include probiotics in the diet

From yoghurt, buttermilk and cheese kefir to kombucha and natto (fermented soybeans), we all know that probiotics are packed with good bacteria. They act on the digestive system and boost its health by supporting nutrition.

4. Avoid contaminated water and food

Monsoon season means anything and everything can be contaminated with bacteria. So, you may love having gol gappas, but the water used for it can contain bacteria that can cause severe stomach infection. Hence, avoid drinking water from any source and only prefer sealed bottles.

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This rainy season, avoid any raw fruits and vegetables. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The same goes for food. While all vegetables are healthy, raw and leafy greens are highly susceptible to germs due to the dampness in the weather. So one can have steamed or boiled veggies rather than raw as they can cause stomach problems.

5. Avoid seafood, dairy and sugar

During the rainy season, there are high chances of water getting contaminated. So make sure to not eat a lot of seafood as the fish you might be eating might probably be host to cholera or diarrhoea. One should avoid dairy too as it is heavy on the stomach and takes time to digest. Lastly, cut down on refined sugar as it causes inflammation and leads to promoting bad bacteria in the gut. 

Gurpreet Kaur Gurpreet Kaur

A lifestyle journalist with a perennial hunger for all nice things in life - from fashion to food and different cultures. When she is not writing in her favourite coffee spot, she spends her time socializing with people or exploring different cities.