Monsoon brings with it the promise of rain, new life, and an escape from the overheat and humidity of summer to everyone. But, it is not only some humans who love the rainy season. Plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses welcome and enjoy it wholeheartedly. With the changing seasons every year, there are various health challenges and our bodies must always be ready to face them, especially the weather changes that come with monsoons after summer. With increasing climate change and humidity, individuals are more susceptible to bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Monsoon brings with it many things not to mention cold rains, greenery, and dreaded infections and diseases, so monsoon precautions are needed. Monsoon is the time to explore the refreshing side of nature. The rainy season is beautiful for some and hates by others. If you are conscious about your health now, you should know there are chances of diseases and infections. To help you with this, here are some top tips to stay healthy during monsoons. These tips will improve your health as you understand specific health requirements.
As soon as the monsoon comes we start facing the risk of catching various diseases like cold and flu, dengue, malaria typhoid, etc. Most of these diseases remain undiagnosed until they reach a level of complexity. So how to prevent and take necessary precautions? According to Ayurveda, the Vata component gets aggravated during monsoons, which makes people prone to certain diseases.
Herbs to remove disease-causing bacteria and fungi.
Fume your homes and clothes to remove harmful fungi or bacteria due to residual moisture. Although no specific formulation is mentioned for fumigation, herbs such as Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), agar (Aquilaria agallocha), and sandalwood (Santalum alba) are highly preferred, as they have antimicrobial (antimicrobial) properties. We all know about the numerous benefits of these teas. Now, it is better to use herbal tea instead of regular tea to ensure good health. Boosting your immunity and appetite are two quick results you will notice after a couple of days.
Drink Clean Water
We all tend to drink less water during the rainy season, but if you want to stay healthy your body should still stay hydrated which means drinking more water. Make sure you are drinking clean and purified water at home or outside. If you do drink outside, make sure it’s from a good trusted brand, or take your own bottled water with you to be on the safe side.
Increase your Probiotic Intake
Probiotics are healthy microbes that support your health and normally live in the gut and digestive system. Focus on increasing your intake of probiotic foods, such as yogurt, and certain types of cheese, such as cottage cheese. A probiotic supplement can make your gut health significantly more resilient, while also improving nutrient absorption. Not only will you keep your digestive system healthy, but you’ll also build your strength against any potential stomach infections down the road. You should include more probiotics and fermented foods in your diet during monsoons. Yogurt, buttermilk, and pickled vegetables can ensure that your gut is healthy and happy. Probiotics are good bacteria that live in our gut. Monsoon provides a breeding ground for infections and allergies. A good gut microbiome is the best natural defense one can employ from their end to keep infections at bay.
Avoid junk/ street food
Strictly street food, freshly cut fruits, and other types of food items sold on the street avoid during the rainy season. The road is often full of potholes filled with water and mud. These form perfect incubators for various types of harmful microorganisms. The more food items are exposed to the open air, the more likely they are to become infected. So every time you eat your favorite junk food, you are more likely to get sick. If you crave spicy food, monsoons are the time to restrict your intake. Because this is the time when such foods cause skin allergies and irritation. Instead, you can include healthy soups and mild or moderately spicy warm foods.
Do Not store stagnant water
One of the worst problems of the rainy season is the breeding of mosquitoes. Make sure your home does not have open water storage. Stagnant water from rain can cause severe diseases and hence, you should avoid it. Try throwing away water from unused tanks, water coolers, and flower pots. Keeping water surfaces clean and dry gives you immense benefits. Gutters are not covered and standing rainwater in surrounding areas means mosquitoes breed in standing water, so removing sources of standing water helps a lot. Protecting yourself from mosquitoes doesn’t end with clearing our stagnant water.
Protect yourself against the allergens
Allergies can be severe in the rainy season. So if you know you react badly to dust, fumes, or pollution, you can wear a mask. When you go out. Always keep the anti-allergy medicine prescribed by your doctor with you. The rainy season symbolizes new life and escapes from the heat and humidity of the hot sun of our beautiful Nigeria, but with the cold air your health may be weak, but you can love the rain, breeze, humidity, and the calmness it brings without compromising your health, insects grow faster during the rainy season and these cause major health problems. Mosquito repellents are a must at this time along with some hacks like room fresheners, mild detergents, and perfumes.
Drink Boiled Water:
Many diseases can be caused by polluted water during the rainy season. So, make it a practice to drink only clean and safe drinking water. Boiling water at home is the best way to get rid of such diseases. Water sources can become contaminated during the rainy season and this increases the risk of contracting water-borne diseases. Stomach problems and fever are some of the common health problems during this season. It is necessary to have a water filter at home or drink traditionally boiled daily water. It is recommended to carry drinking water when you travel or buy sealed and packaged water only when needed.
Wash fruits and vegetables carefully
It is mandatory to wash and use fruits and vegetables bought from the market. There are different types of microbes that grow on the skin of fruits and vegetables and it is best to avoid eating raw salads from street vendors during monsoons. It is advisable to choose clean and freshly cooked home food during the rainy season.
Avoid getting wet in the rain too often
Usually, it gets wet sometimes during the rainy season. It’s a good idea to keep an umbrella or raincoat readily available if you’re going out to help protect yourself from getting completely wet and sick. Getting wet in the rain may cause symptoms similar to those of coronavirus. Getting wet in the rain causes cold, cough, or fever. After changing your clothes, apply some antibacterial cream to your body. This will help you get rid of the bacteria and will keep allergies at bay. The monsoon rains bring many diseases along, so it is considered very important to take special care of health this season.