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Must-Have Food Habits During The Monsoon

Most people fall in love with the monsoon, yearn to get drenched, and have the time of their lives visiting waterfalls, and hill stations. As the end of Summer brings with it, refreshing showers of monsoon, the climate inside our body, mind, and soul changes.

To help adapt to the changes in the monsoon weather, you must have these food habits to beat the blues caused by the monsoon showers.

Boiling Is Key

Be it anything, you must boil it first and then consume. It saves all the trouble of food-borne illnesses and unnecessary weakness. Have boiling water to destroy all the germs in your throat waiting to affect you with cold and flu. Humidity also increases during monsoons, so it is important to stay hydrated.

Say NO To Street Food

As much as you love munching roadside delicacies, you must try to avoid them during monsoons for all the right reasons. Too many waterborne diseases coupled with unhygienic conditions during monsoons create havoc in a human body. Not just that, there might be the presence of worms, pathogens, and other infections in the street food. Stay at home and prepare your favorite roadside delicacy.

Turmeric Milk For Building Your Immunity

Your grandmother’s recipe for all the throat troubles, headaches, and skin troubles. Turmeric milk is a fountain of anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and skin-enriching properties. Keep your immunity in check, so that you don’t fall prey to cold and flu during the cold showers of monsoon.

Fall For Seasonal Fruits

If you cannot do without fruits, then go for the monsoon’s favorite fruits like apples, cranberries, custard apples, bananas, pears, peaches, papaya, and dragon fruits. Seasonal fruits provide more nutrition than you can get from any other food item.

Consume Foods That Are Rich In Antioxidants

Foods like bitter gourd, neem, pumpkin, seasonal berries, and bottle gourd re rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help in fighting diseases and prevent cellular damage.

Avoid Consumption Of Meat And Fishes

Monsoon is the breeding season of animals and fishes. If you consume meat and fishes, then you are exposing yourself to allergens, bacteria, and viruses that get transferred from animals to humans. Also, unhygienic conditions and raw fodder can cause pathogens to develop and thrive.

Cooking Oils

Make sure you don’t use sesame, mustard, or peanut oil during the monsoon season. And, switch to lighter oil or corn oil. For one, sesame, mustard, or peanut oil is difficult to digest. And, for two, digestion becomes a slow process during the monsoon season.

Avoid Milk

Most people cannot do without milk. During the monsoon season, milk becomes difficult to digest and leads to intolerance or diarrhea. Instead, you must have yogurt, a milk product that will increase the good bacteria production in your intestines to fight off bad bacteria, if you acquire any digestive troubles.

Cut Down On Spicy Foods

Spicy foods have a connection with skin troubles. And, skin troubles come up during the monsoon season. To avoid it, you must cut down on spices and stick to a bland and nutritious diet.

Wash Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables or root vegetables should be avoided or washed properly before consuming them. For one, monsoon season is a breeding season for many microbes, bacteria, and viruses. They can easily contaminate the green leafy vegetables.

Above all, you must make sure you avoid going out altogether when it is raining heavily. If you do, then when you are back, do wash your hands and legs properly. Sanitize your hands before eating any food.

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