Published on 16/08/2022
A cool breeze and cloudy skies mean the monsoon has arrived, giving us great relief from the scorching heat, but it does increase the risk of food-borne diseases, allergies, viral and bacterial infections!
A significant drop in temperature can make people more prone to viral illnesses and flu. The common viral infection symptoms include:
- High fever
- Runny nose
- Throat pain
- Body ache
- Skin itching
- Respiratory allergies
If one's immune system is compromised or has prolonged Covid-19, then one should be extremely cautious about respiratory health.
To stay safe and enjoy the rains, let's learn how to welcome it while taking precautions. Here are some monsoon healthcare tips to keep away infections and other illnesses.
1. Increase vitamin C intake:
You must boost your immunity to stay healthy during the rainy season. Increasing Vitamin C consumption is one of the simplest methods to accomplish this. To obtain enough Vitamin C, eat fresh green vegetables, sprouts, and oranges.
2. Drink clean water:
During monsoon, we all drink less water, but staying hydrated is essential for good health. Make sure only to consume clean, purified water throughout the season, whether at home or outside. When drinking outside, only use pure water (including ice cubes).
3. Increase probiotic intake:
Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that promote health and are often found in the digestive system and gut. Eat more foods that contain probiotics, these can improve nutrient absorption and significantly boost the resilience of your gut health.
4. Avoid junk food:
Street foods must be avoided during the rainy season. The road frequently has mud and water-filled potholes, making great incubators for various dangerous germs. The unhygienic conditions and unclean water used in making the street foods can make you more prone to various health problems such as upset stomach, typhoid, Hepatitis A, cholera, etc. So you are more likely to become sick anytime you consume street food.
5. Remove mosquito breeding areas:
The increase of mosquitoes is among the worst effects of the monsoon, and these little insects are more than capable of bringing misery. However, do not worry! You can find your way to a home free of mosquitoes with a few precautions. Ensure that the home has no open water storage, and ensure they are always contained in enclosed pots and containers.
Similarly, inspect to see any blocked drains or standing water from recent rain in your immediate vicinity. Since stagnant water is where mosquitoes are born, eliminating sources of stagnant water will be very beneficial. Ensure to use insect repellents, wear full sleeve clothes while going out and mosquito nets to avoid mosquito bites.
6. Add a disinfectant to the bathwater:
People enjoy walking in the rain. But every time you get wet, remember to take a shower with a disinfectant. It will protect you from the countless bacteria that can cause skin problems. When you arrive back, it's a good idea to wash your hands, feet, and legs. To wash your face, always use pure water.
7. Iron the damp clothes:
It may seem like a weird suggestion, but the monsoon is ideal for mold growth. Clothing, bed sheets, and other items are typically kept in almirahs and wardrobes. As the rains intensify and the humidity increases, these areas continue to be chilly and become damp. It's best to iron the clothes as there isn't enough sunlight to dry them.
8. Exercise regularly:
Don't let the rain ruin your workout routine. Jumping is a good indoor exercise. Exercising can help boost the immune system, increasing blood circulation and stamina. All these physical activities will make you stronger to fight off viruses and bacterial infections.
9. Keep a safe distance from sick people:
Because the flu and common cold are contagious during the monsoon season, one must be extra careful. While traveling, always carry a handkerchief and keep a safe distance from visibly ill persons to avoid contact with infected respiratory droplets.
10. Say no to wet shoes:
During the monsoon, it's common to return home with muddy and wet shoes. If the shoes are muddy or watery, clean them nicely and let them dry thoroughly before wearing them again; otherwise, it will result in skin infections and an unpleasant smell. Make sure to have an extra dry pair or choose special rubber shoes.
11. Eat healthy food:
Weak immunity makes a person more susceptible to several diseases. Therefore, eat seasonal fruits like apples, litchi, jamuns, plums, papayas, cherries, peaches, pears and pomegranates. You can include some additions to your monsoon diet, such as sprouts, turmeric and garlic in the meals, hot soups, herbal tea with Honey, dry fruits and nuts, etc.
The monsoon season is beautiful and spiritually uplifting, but it also has certain health risks. We can enjoy the season without worrying about our health if we take the basic precautions mentioned above.
Enjoy the rain with a hot cup of tea without worrying!