Healthiest Diet for the Monsoon

First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after experiencing the scorching heat of summer. But monsoons reduce the immunity of our body and make us susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season. It is time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by boosting our immunity and taking precautions against these diseases.

According to Ayurveda, monsoon is the time when the humidity levels in the atmosphere are high. Add in the warm temperature and the result is that the body’s digestive capability goes down. In fact this is the time when the digestion is at its lowest, when people eat some incorrect foods during this time the result is illness!
But don’t worry. To make sure you have a healthy monsoon, here’s a list of foods you should include in your diet as well some other Food hygiene precautions tips which are a must:

Eat light foods like vegetables, fruits, cereals etc and avoid too much of meat or fish. One can also enjoy grilled, tandoori foods which need minimum oil/butter.

Avoid fried foods as they decrease the digestive efficiency.

Do not indulge in heavy exercises, instead walking along with yoga or stretching is better as heavy exercises cause an increase in body temperature which leads to headaches, body aches etc.

Avoid foods which are very sour like tamarind (imli), chutneys and pickles as they promote water retention.

Wash all green vegetables thoroughly as a lot of worms and insects are hidden in the leafy vegetables.Instead eat Vegetables like snake gourd, ash gourd, bitter gourd as all are extremely nutritious and are a much better option than salad leaves during the monsoons. They are rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and manganese.

Consume a lot of bitter vegetables like karela (bitter gourd) and bitter herbs like neem (basil), methi (fenugreek) seeds, haldi (turmeric) as it prevents infection.
Add a little bit of garlic to your soups, stir fries and curries to build up your immunity this monsoon. Garlic helps you fight viral infections.

Soups are a good way to get nutrition from veggies during monsoons as they kill bacteria in them, making veggies safe to consume.Whip up interesting combinations like tomato and onion, carrot and chicken etc.

Use moong dal and Masoor dal as those are healthy source of protein as wel as it’s dietary fibre helps in digestion.
Herbal teas like ginger or lemon tea is good for health specially during the monsoons, as it will keep the flu away, Try sipping on a cup or two of herbal tea everyday.

enjoy the tea and pakoras on a wonderful rainy day. But make sure to Follow these guidelines to remain safe and healthy during monsoons!
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