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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 11 Aug 2017
While monsoons are a fun time and bring in a healthy respite from the summers, they bring with them a host of health risks as well. We need to undertake adequate safety measures to stay healthy during this four-month season.
From an elementary tip of buying health insurance to the vital one of repairing wet walls, here are 20 effective tips for you to stay safe this monsoon.
- 1. Get Yourself Insured
Monsoons are a ripe time for diseases such as dengue, malaria and an assortment of infections to strike. With a health insurance, you are assured of a financial cover for your medical and hospitalization bills in case you fall ill.
- 2. Cut Down On Street Food
The urge to have a plate of pakoras or bhajis with a cup of piping hot tea during the rains is irresistible. You should do your best to suppress this urge. Street foods are exposed to the humid and wet conditions which contain a lot of harmful bacteria and germs. You may end up with indigestion, food poisoning, etc.
- 3. Avoid Pre-Cut Foods
Along with street foods, ensure you avoid eating pre-cut vegetables and fruits. Not only are they susceptible to germs and bacteria, when you cut and store these foods, they lose their nutritional value as well.
- 4. Clean/Boiled Water Is A Must
A cardinal rule—carry boiled water with you wherever you go. During the monsoons, water-borne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and diarrhoea affect a number of people. They are caused due to impure water. Do not take a risk and drink clean boiled water.
- 5. Exercise
One should make an extra effort to maintain a regular fitness routine during the monsoons. We are at an increased risk of illness during the rains and daily exercise is an effective way to stay safe and healthy. If you can’t to the gym or outdoors, exercise at home using your body weight. (pull ups, push ups, crunches, leg raises, etc.)
- 6. Reduce Meat Intake
Meats are high in protein and therefore favoured by many. However, they are tough for the body to digest. If you aren’t keeping a daily exercise routine (See point above), it is advisable to avoid or reduce your meat intake and substitute it with lighter alternatives such as dal and tofu.
- 7. Light and Frequent Meals
Eating light meals on a frequent basis is the best for your stomach and intestines during the monsoons. Home cooked meals such as ‘dal chawal’ and ‘roti subji’ are the best. Plan your meals and make sure to have small meals five to six times a day at an interval of two to three hours. Your body and stomach will find it easier to digest and thank you for it.
- 8. Do Not Include Leafy Vegetables In Your Diet
Leafy greens pack in lots of good nutrients and proteins but they are best avoided during the monsoons. These vegetables are grown mostly in swamps and carry germs and bacteria due to their dampness. Say no to vegetables such as spinach, cauliflower, and broccoli. In its place go for pungent vegetable such as bitter gourd.
- 9. Wash Your Hands
Our hands are the most infected body part during the rains. Wash them thoroughly with a strong antiseptic soap or a liquid. They are the easiest way for germs to enter our system.
- 10. Cover All Foods
Whether it’s freshly prepared food or made hours ago, cover them. During the rains, there is an increased presence of bacteria and flies which target exposed foods and contaminate them. Eating such food may lead to sickness.
- 11. Keep The Kitchen Utensils Clean
Monsoons bring with them lots of infections and insects into the home and especially into the kitchen. This increases the risk of food contamination. Take adequate care to clean all the utensils and shelves. Clean all dry places, filters, and earthen pots. When you wash the dishes, make sure to remove all the oil stains.
- 12. Use Antiseptic For Cleaning
When you clean your kitchen and home, use a high-quality antiseptic soaps. They kill the presence of insects and bacteria which in turn keeps you and your family hale and hearty.
- 13. Make Use Of Mosquito Nets and Repellents
Mosquitoes during the monsoons aren’t just a menace but a dreadful threat as well—malaria. Use a mosquito net as a precaution when you sleep and apply mosquito repellent creams whenever you step out.
- 14. Change Wet Clothes, Right Now
There will be occasions when you get drenched because of a sudden downpour or when you forget to carry your rain gear. Change out of those clothes and wear dry clothes as soon as possible. Staying wet too long alters your body temperature and causes cold and high fever.
- 15. Hot Baths
During the rains, it is best to take hot showers—twice. It relaxes your body and cleans away all the dirt and germs accumulated throughout the day. Do it on an immediate basis if you return home drenched.
- 16. Hot Drinks
A hot cup of ginger tea or soup is complementary to a hot bath. These drinks have a warming effect on your body and reduce the chances of fever. Herbal tea with additions of cloves, or cinnamon or basil work best.
- 17. Always Carry Rain Gear
While getting drenched may seem fun, it is unhealthy. That’s why you should always carry your rain gear—raincoats, umbrella, rain suits. Buy a high-quality one from reputed stores which lasts for a year or two.
- 18. Do Not Touch/Rub Your Face
A common act during the rainy season. People inadvertently touch their face or rub their eyes. Flu virus and other contamination’s easily enter your body system via nose, mouth, and eyes when you touch or rub them. Use a handkerchief or napkin instead.
- 19. Avoid Wet Walls
They are caused due to excess moisture which can be a result of leaking pipes or rainwater seeping in. Wet walls are a breeding ground for fungi and cause irritation, colds, and skin rashes. They are specifically harmful to babies and people suffering from respiratory problems. Get them repaired as soon as possible.
- 20. Never Allow Water to Stagnate
The chief cause of mosquitoes breeding and the outbreak of diseases such as dengue is stagnant water. Contact your local administrator or municipality to plug such issues.
The goal is to stay healthy this rainy season. These 20 points are easy to understand and simple to implement. Follow them and you will achieve your goal.
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