Monsoon season is the perfect time to enjoy the weather at home along with some lip-smacking delicacies. But, it brings along a number of infections, too.
The moisture in the air during monsoon triggers the proliferation of various harmful micro-organisms. Hence, here is a list of five food items that one must avoid during the season of the grey cloudy sky, thunder and lightning:
- Sea Food: If you are a non-vegetarian and have frequent cravings for fish/prawns, monsoon is not the ideal time for this delicacy as it is the breeding time for fish and prawns. However, you can consume chicken or meat to be on the safe side. If at all, you choose to eat seafood, make sure it is fresh and cooked well.
- Leafy Vegetables: Even though leafy vegetables are one of the healthiest things one can eat, but during monsoon, it is wise to avoid them. These vegetables are grown in swamps and are not stored hygienically before you purchase them. Moreover, vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage etc should be avoided as insects nest on them during this time.
- Fresh juice and fruits from roadside vendors: Fruits or fresh juice sold by roadside vendors are usually cut in advance to make it convenient for them, which comes in contact with the contaminated air and there are high chances of being prone to fatal infections during this time. It is better to have the fresh juice made at home instantly.
- Fried Food: Fried food is something that most of the nutritionists suggest to avoid throughout the year, but during monsoon season, the highly humid weather causes the digestive system to slow down. Though fried food is something that many people like to eat during monsoons along with a cup of tea/coffee, it could lead to certain gastronomic complications like stomach upset or bloating. Food containing extra salt also causes water retention.
- Fizzy drinks: Fizzy drinks are harmful because it reduces minerals in the body, leading to the reduction of enzyme activity. It is highly undesirable for the digestive system. It is advisable to drink sufficient amount of water and lemon juice.
However, one can still enjoy their favourite season by keeping a few things in mind.
- Avoid a heavy diet and stick to light meals to keep your digestive system intact because it is highly vulnerable during this season.
- Personal hygiene is extremely important. Once you step out in the rain, it is natural to step in a grimy puddle of mud. Hence, it is essential to keep yourself clean to avoid any infection.
- Drink a lot of water. A person does not feel very thirsty during the monsoon season, but it is necessary to keep yourself hydrated to prevent yourself from feeling lethargic.
- It is natural to feel lazy during the monsoon season. But it is important to maintain the exercise regime and sweat out the bacteria and extra moisture.
Talking about general healthcare throughout the year and not just monsoon, Aritra Khan, Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator and Heart failure Counsellor said, “It is highly advisable to avoid outside/junk food, not just during monsoon but throughout the year as we are not sure of the level of its hygiene. Nowadays, a lot of food items are mixed with non-permitted/artificial colours that can be extremely toxic. It is better to be aware of what you eat.”
“Patients suffering from hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes must include a stable intake of salt in their diet. The sodium intake must not be more than 2-3 grams. Outside food like preserved food, fried food etc have extra salt and it could take a toss on one’s kidney, heart or liver which is harmful,” he added.