As we all know that during monsoons, microorganisms reproduce and replicate in huge numbers as they get the most suitable environment that is moist and warm. The fear of spread of unwanted diseases often turns into reality. The rain also brings in a multitude of health problems. This calls for adopting measures that can help in prevention of any unwanted health problems. Follow these simple tips to stay protected and healthy in monsoon:
Most of the diseases during monsoon are waterborne; hence the first caution is WATER. Do not drink beverages made other than from treated boiled water, as also don’t add ice purchased from the open market. It’s better to compromise with the taste sometimes than quality. Avoid juices, buttermilk, lemon juice, etc, from street vendors. This caution is also good for Chuski, kulfis, etc.
Food poisoning from E- coli, salmonella or other contaminants is very possible. Eat only well-cooked and hot food. Avoid raw fruits and vegetables. Mangoes should certainly be avoided once the monsoons start. If you a salad lover, prepare one at home rather than buying it from outside. Most importantly, avoid seafood in this season. Leafy vegetables should also be avoided due to the presence of mud, dirt and worms. Wash well before consuming. Infact, Nuts and seeds can be had in small quantities unlike in winter.
Use only clean eggs with intact shells and avoid raw eggs. Also, avoid cheese from the open market. Foods from cans or packets that are leaking or bulging should be thrown. To sum it up, you should refuse all dairy products that have not been pasteurized.
Some general tips supported and propagated during the monsoon season are:
– Eat a balanced and protein rich diet.
– Go for grilled sandwiches instead of cold ones.
– Opt for hot foods like soup and cooked meals in place of cold and raw foods.
– Keep raw and cooked food separately, both when preparing and storing.
– Do not consume street food.
– As far as possible, consume freshly cooked food.
– Foods should not sit in the room without the lid as it attracts bugs.
We hope you will follow these tips to stay protected and healthy in monsoon. Remember, prevention is better than cure.