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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.