The cooling monsoon is despite the refreshing rain there are certain problems with the season. The enjoyment of monsoon season is always hampered by the fear of getting sick. Catching the flu or cold is a common occurrence. Contaminated food and water is often the number one cause for getting sick during the monsoon. Illnesses range from flu to more serious disease like Typhoid. Fortunately, they are easily avoidable. However, if you take some simple precautions you can enjoy the showers without falling prey to such infections.
Follow these simple tips to enjoy the lovely monsoon without the downsides of getting sick!
Tips to avoid falling sick this Rainy season
Boil the water that you use for drinking or cooking.
Boiling the water kills the harmful bacteria that may be present in it. This reduces the chances of getting water-borne diseases that are very common during the monsoon. Along with killing the bacteria, drinking boiled water has several health benefits like getting rid of the toxins in your body and improving digestion.
Eat freshly prepared, home cooked meals
Home cooked meals are the best way to avoid getting any kind of stomach infections because they are hygienic and well-cooked. There is no ambiguity on the quality of water or vegetables used and therefore you can enjoy your meal without having to worry about getting sick.
Stick to seasonal foods
Sticking to seasonal foods that are available during the monsoon will keep you healthy because other vegetables may not be freshly available. Due to high moisture levels, sometimes vegetables and fruits can rot if not stored properly. To avoid taking a risk, stick mostly to seasonal foods.
Avoid eating anything from the roadside stalls
Avoid food from roadside vendors where hygiene levels are low. Skip the chutneys and sauces for good, as contaminated water is a big source of gut infections and food poisoning during monsoons. Avoid tap water and get your water purifier serviced and cleaned before the rains. Opt for mineral water when outside or in doubt. Drink enough water to keep yourself well hydrated and maintain immunity levels.
Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly
The vegetables and fruits that you buy may have more grime on them than usual so it is important to wash them thoroughly. Washing the vegetables also gets rid of the infection causing germs that may have been present on the surface. The monsoon also sees a rise in the number of worms that make home in these vegetables, especially green and leafy ones. Washing them thoroughly will help you get rid of these worms and avoid diseases.
Stay Safe From Mosquitoes
Monsoon equals mosquitoes just about everywhere. These mosquitoes have the potential of causing deadly diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by means of nets on windows and bed nets. Do not let any water to collect in your flower pots, coolers and neighbourhood. Use mosquito repellent creams, lotions and patches even during daytime.
The smell of sweat attracts mosquitoes and feet tend to smell the most.
Apply a thick layer of repellent on your footwear and trousers as most mosquito bites occur on feet and legs.