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Food Wise in the Rains
Better be safe than sorry. Change what you put on your plates as the season has changed. And how! There are some specific food rules that we must follow for eating during the rainy season, a season when falling sick thanks to the myriad viruses rampant, is very high. Our expert, Kavita Devgan has these tips for you.

Unlike summers when foods inherently high in water content (watermelon, cucumber) are advised, during monsoons foods with low water content (besan, bhutta, dry veggies) are recommended.

Stick to easy to digest foods (read no fried foods) as body's digestion capability is rather compromised in this season due to high humidity. For the same reason keep spices also a bit on the lower side.

Avoid sour things as they lead to water retention and as it is, there is a tendency to retain water in the body during rainy season. 

Around this time infections are on an all time high and immunity on an all time low so include foods like garlic, onions, haldi, methi seeds and bitter gourd in your diet daily.

Stick to seasonal foods (buy fresh and nip the temptation of gorging on, out of season fruits and vegetables).

Skip salads and leafy greens, or wash very-very well before digging in.

Continue to hydrate yourself, even if you don't feel thirsty. Often when the temperatures go down, our thirst meter gets fooled and we cut down on the amount of water we drink. In fact, it is all the more important to have your mandatory 8 glasses of water daily during the rains (as you sweat excessively, too).

Eat more quercetin rich foods, as this compound is a known platelet booster. More platelets in the body is always a good news for our immunity. Add cocoa, cranberry juice, lemon juice, spinach, apple, prunes, peppers, red grapes, dark cherries and berries, tomatoes, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, sprouts and citrus fruits.

Probiotics help keep the gut healthy, thus help boost the immunity immensely. In fact the health of our immune system depends immensely on the state of our gastro-intestinal system, so steeling up the gut is a good idea. Daily probiotics can help restore the natural state of health that a diet of excess sugar, meat, processed foods and prescription drugs have destroyed and keep seasonal viruses away.

Have: fermented foods, probiotic milk, ice creams, home made dahi, kimchi, miso soup, buttermilk, idli, dosa, appam, dhokla, uttapam, kanji,  homemade pickles and chutneys.

And finally have lots of green tea to ensure enough  antioxidants intake, and boost the immunity.

Hygiene Musts

Don't take chances with food hygiene at all. It is best to avoid eating outside your homes. If you must eat outside, choose piping hot food or only frequent your regular hygienic eating-places.  And leave adventurism to other seasons. Please, please go easy on golgappas... as water borne diseases are on an all time high during monsoons.

At home do not leave food unrefrigerated longer than one hour at a time to prevent bacterial growth.

Be particularly careful in handling any homemade food that contains eggs, mayonnaise or salad dressing, such as potato salads.

And of course it goes without saying that water for drinking, cooking and dishwashing must come from a safe and approved source.




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