Monsoons are here! And what better way to welcome it than with a hot cuppa and a plate of pakoras?
While monsoon brings us respite from the scorching heat of the sun, it does bring with itself a host of other diseases too. So, it becomes really important to eat with caution during this wet season.
The 'pitter patter' outside tempts us to gorge on kachoris, pakoras, samosas and what not!
Eating these heavy foods can weaken our digestive system and slow down our metabolic activities. Slower metabolism means more fat storage.
Monsoons also bring with it a host of difficult-to-get-rid-of ailments that can weaken our immune system further.
So, to keep you feeling hale and hearty during monsoons, you must take certain dietary precautions such as limiting the intake of fried and junk food, increasing on the intake of seasonal fruits and drinking less aerated drinks.
We should also take great care to include healthy food items in our diet during the rainy season.
Hence, here's a list of healthy foods that you must include in your diet to keep common ailments at bay that are mostly troublesome during the monsoon season. Have a look.
#1. Seasonal Fruits
Come monsoons, and the markets are filled with fruits like jamun, cherries, pomegranate, plums, and litchis. These fruits are not only yummy but they also help prevent harmful monsoon-related diseases from affecting us. Fruits like jamuns are packed with essential nutrients and vitamins, while plums keep cold and flu at bay. So, do not forget to include a large helping of seasonal fruits in your monsoon diet. Make Sure you wash them well.
#2. Herbal Tea
We understand during this rainy season you must be tempted to drink lots of tea and coffee, but we suggest replacing them with herbal tea instead. Herbal teas are filled with antibacterial properties that keep fungal and bacterial infections during monsoon at bay. One could experiment with popular flavours like ginger, tulsi, elaichi and lemon.
Common Indian herbs such as neem, turmeric powder and methi seeds have medicinal properties and are rich in antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Including these in your daily diet during the monsoon season will further prevent you from catching infections in monsoon.
Munching on all those yummy and unhealthy items during monsoons often impairs our digestive system. This impaired digestive system affects our immunity. One way to boost your immunity is to include honey in your diet. It is rich in antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
Consuming various types of vegetables such as bottle gourd, bitter gourd, ridge gourd, etc, is helpful during monsoons. They carry essential nutrients and antioxidant properties that can drive out the free radicals from our body. This also helps us in maintaining our immunity during the monsoon season.
#6. Probiotic Drinks
Probiotic drinks like Yakult, which is beneficial not only for kids but for parents as well, contain good bacteria that keep our gut healthy. Parents should also try having it along with their kids, as this is a drink that's meant for the whole family.
It should be introduced to children and eventually become a daily habit for the whole family to have a healthy gut. Healthy gut equals to good digestive health, which equals to better immunity.
This monsoon, let us aim to eat healthy. And what better way to begin the day, on a healthy note, than by including healthy breakfast items like oats in our diet. Oats are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that keep you going through the day and also keep disease-causing harmful free radicals at bay.
Hence, the idea is to eat healthy to stay healthy, during the monsoon season, to be able to fight various ailments and enjoy the outside weather! Therefore, make sure you pick the foods right and have a great, exciting Monsoon season.