6 foods to eat in the rainy season to stay healthy
Almost everyone is in love with the monsoon season now that it has arrived. After a hot summer, the rain is a great blessing for humans and animals. The weather is so nice because of the calming effect of the rain that we want a hot cup of tea, pakoras (doughnuts) and a good book.
But we must also remember that the monsoon also brings a number of health problems. Paying more attention to what we eat and drink during the rainy season is crucial, as this impacts our immune system.
Here are 6 foods to eat during the rainy season to stay healthy:
Garlic: Who doesn’t enjoy garlic in their food? It tastes amazing and boosts immunity while fighting viruses that cause flu and colds. According to research, eating garlic frequently increases the number of T cells in the blood, thereby protecting us from viral illnesses like colds and flu.
Bitter is better: Bitter is the only taste that no one likes, but bitter foods are great for fighting toxic elements. They improve digestion and have antibacterial qualities. Nutritious green leafy vegetables can be replaced with vegetables like bitter gourd, snake gourd or butternut gourd. Some effective immune system boosters include cumin, fenugreek, and turmeric.
Choose curds, not milk: Our elders always warned us to stay away from curd during the monsoon, but what they didn’t tell us was that curd is rich in probiotics and can help improve immunity by boosting our intestine and adding healthy microorganisms to an already healthy stomach.
Avoid heavy oils: Oils like mustard oil, sesame oil, and peanut oil should be avoided during the monsoon as they increase Pitta levels in our body, making us more susceptible to disease. Dry oils like corn oil or light oils like olive oil and rice bran oils are the best alternatives to these oils as they do not cause bloating in our body.
Steamed vegetables: Even though salad is the healthiest food there is, eating it raw during the monsoon can expose your body to harmful bacteria. Therefore, it is important to boil or steam your vegetables before eating them as the high heat kills any microorganisms that may still be present.
Homemade detox drinks: Our mothers and grandmothers have always made us drink Kadha (decoction drinks) when we get sick and in fact several studies have shown that those who suffer from infections and fever during the rainy season can find comfort with detox drinks made with ingredients like ginger, tulsi, and some medicinal spices like cloves, pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom.