Foods to avoid during the monsoon
You may think of Monsoon as the season of fried foods & hot cups of tea, but there's always more to this. A lot of illnesses are at their peak, this includes malaria, dengue, typhoid, food poisoning, diarrhea, and skin infections. This is the reason why a balanced diet during monsoons is as important as it is during the other seasons.
Amidst these unprecedented times, it is crucial that we stay away from such unfavorable circumstances, to help strengthen our immunity. Taking care of our immune response is the need of the hour, so maintaining a well-balanced diet is beneficial in a lot of ways. Let's dive into the list of foods to avoid during the monsoon.
1) Leafy Vegetables
Even though they are deemed to be remarkably healthy, green leafy veggies should be eaten with care in this climate as the increased humidity levels make them a perfect breeding ground for germs. Germs are mostly found in vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower and it becomes difficult to spot them. Hence, boiling them or repeatedly rinsing them before consumption is advisable.
2) Sour foods
Foods like chutney, pickles, tamarind cause water retention in the body, making you fall sick. It can also lead to throat problems and can cause fever.
3) Fizzy drinks
Fizzy drinks are bad for one’s health and should be avoided. It can make the digestive system weak, and also reduce the mineral content in the body. Instead of fizzy drinks, you can opt for nimbu pani, jaljeera, orange smoothie, apple shake or even ginger tea.
4) Dairy products
It is recommended not to eat dairy products in moderation during monsoon because the digestive system gets very sensitive, consuming too much of these products can cause loose motion or digestive issues. Those undergoing treatment for sinusitis must stay away from dairy products like curd as it aggravates cough and cold. Dairy products create a lot of mucus or 'ama' toxins in the body, causing several types of issues.
Mushrooms grow in soil and must be thoroughly cleaned and washed before consumption. The risk of bacterial infection increases in the monsoon season, which is why it is best avoided.
Monsoon is not the ideal season for devouring seafood. You can opt for home-cooked chicken in place of fish. In case you wish to consume the same, it is always advised to wash it thoroughly before consumption.
It is better to opt for fresh fruit juices. Juice from fruits that have been cut in advance is not healthy, as they are breeding grounds for germs. Always opt for fresh juices and ensure that it is prepared in front of you.
These are some of the crucial dietary changes that you need to take care of in this rainy season. Ayushakti's mission is to help people in every possible way. We will suggest diet & home remedies for maintaining your wellbeing in these difficult times. Feel free to contact us & consult with our expert doctors both online & offline!
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Rajeshri Mehta
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
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