The monsoon is welcomed by everyone, as the season brings relief from summer heat. However, the cool wet season also brings various diseases along with cool drizzles. The increased humidity is ideal environment for various viruses and bacteria to grow and spread at a faster rate and therefore ailments like viral fever, cold & flu, diarrhea, food poisoning and dysentery become prevalent. Thus, eating healthy is very important during Monsoon and all you need to do is eat the right kind of food to enjoy a disease-free season. Here’s a list of the top monsoon foods which you can include in your meals to boost up the immunity and fight off the diseases!
1. Seasonal Fruits and vegetables
Seasonal fruits like Cherries, Jamun, lychees, peaches and even bananas are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Make sure to stick to the seasonal ones only as they haven’t been processed or transported over long distances and hence retains their maximum nutrition.
Vegetables recommended during the rains are the non-leafy ones such as snake gourd (turi), gourd (dudhi), pointed gourd (parwal), yam (suran), cluster beans (gavaar), apple gourd (tinda) and bitter gourd (karela) as they are seasonal and less likely to be infested with worms.
2. Ginger and Lemon Tea
Herbal teas along with antioxidants also have antibacterial properties. You can opt for ginger lemon, green tea, mint and tulsi tea and peppermint tea. Including one cup of any one herbal tea once a day will offer a protective role. However, make sure not to go overboard with the overall tea and coffe consumption as it can lead to dehydration.
3. Turmeric milk (Haldi ka doodh)
The high antioxidant and anti-bacterial content in turmeric is great for helping to reduce the symptoms of cold and flu. Curcumin, the antioxidant that gives turmeric its yellow-orange color, has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, gastrointestinal health properties, which have been linked to the boosting immunity and reducing inflammation in body. A hot cup of turmeric milk before bed every night will not only induce good sleep but will also detoxify the body, making it one of the greatest monsoon foods.
Probiotics are live micro-organisms that help in inculcating good bacteria in the gut. They help in improving digestion and thereby play an important role in disease protection. Some natural sources of probiotics you can include in your meals are Curd, buttermilk and fermented foods like idli, dosa etc.
5. Homemade soups
Instead of opting for street food, a bowl of homemade vegetable soup will provide you good amount of vitamins. It will ensure that the food is hygienically made and it is a great way to incorporate vegetables in your diet too. Strictly avoid the ready to make soup packs as they contain little nutrition and a whole lot of chemicals. Homemade soups are a one of the most comforting monsoon foods.
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