The arrival of the Monsoon season always tends to stir a feeling of nostalgia and excitement in our hearts. After all, who amongst us doesn’t have fond memories of dancing or playing games in the rain, sipping a cup of steaming tea, munching on fresh homemade pakoras, or just sitting on the veranda happily watching the rain pouring down – a welcome relief from the scorching summer heat. However, over the past few years, our relationship with the monsoon season has soured. We no longer want ourselves or our kids to get wet in the rain for fear of catching a cold or infection. The monsoon munchies we used to savor earlier, now threaten to upset our stomach, and most of all, the rainwater we used to enjoy dancing in, is no longer safe and free of pollutants. What’s more, most doctors to warn that the monsoon season brings with it a plethora of illnesses, infections, and digestive ailments, which is why it is critical to take extra precautions to be fit during this season.
So what’s the reason behind us not being able to enjoy monsoons? Weak immunity – the increased pollution, humidity, and moisture reduces our metabolic rate and thus suppresses the body’s ability to fight diseases. A lower metabolic rate also means that our digestive system’s ability to break down and absorb food is weaker, leading to stomach ailments from constipation and bloating to diarrhea. That said, we can take adequate steps to increase our immunity and metabolic rate and not miss out on our favorite monsoon activities. Here are 5 tips to help us do so:
Drink plenty of water and water-based drinks such as green tea during monsoons because the increased humidity makes us sweat more and leaves our bodies dehydrated and more susceptible to falling ill.
Increase Fibre Intake:
Increase consumption of light fibrous grains such as oats, brown rice, and barley that are easy to absorb by the body and also have high fiber contain that cleanses our stomach and intestines. Avoid watery cereals such as curried rice which can cause bloating during Monsoons.
Switch to Light Cooking Oils:
As much as you love eating pakoras during monsoons – avoid deep fried foods as they make one feel heavy, slow metabolic rate, and are difficult to digest. If you still want to indulge in a few monsoon munchies use lighter oils such as Corn oil or Olive oil instead of heavy cooking oils such as Mustard or Sesame oil.
Use Natural Immunity Boosters:
Take a leaf from your grandmother’s remedy book, literally! Herbs such as neem, turmeric powder, and methi seeds boost metabolic rate and are natural antibiotics – great at increasing immunity and digestion.
Add Lime and Honey:
To further boost our metabolic rate and immunity, add lemon juice and honey as they assist in the digestion process and help the intestines carry out their functions properly and effectively.