The cool showers of Monsoon provide the much needed break from the summer heat. However, this season is also characterized by long queues at the ENTs and gastroenterologists as people fall prey to many infections such as typhoid, malaria, diarrhoea, jaundice , etc.
- Many infections occur during monsoon as the gut related immunity of the body is lowered. Digestive system and intestinal functions become weak leading to higher susceptibility to gastric infections such as diarrhoea
- Eating foods that are easy to digest are preferred as heavy fatty meals (spicy and fried) will stress the compromised digestive system leading to illness
- Many microorganisms thrive in the monsoon water and hence water needs to be thoroughly boiled and filtered. Drinking water should be stored properly as well to prevent contamination .
- Warm water and fluids are better tolerated during monsoon
- During monsoon too many flies are found everywhere and they are most common carriers of germs. Hence, open or raw foods need to be avoided
- Water accumulated in puddles or tanks serve as breeding grounds for insects and cause malaria, dengue and other infections
- Fungus can grow of leather shoes and bags and trigger allergies and asthma
Monsoon does call for use of umbrellas but the true shelter against monsoon comes from choosing food and water carefully and also keeping surroundings clean.
Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.