Quick tips for staying healthy this monsoon:
Always wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove dirt and bacteria. Also, refrain from using cut fruits and vegetables, as storing them once they have been cut not only compromises their nutritional quality but also encourages growth of bacteria.
2. Drink filtered water:
Make a special effort to drink only filtered or boiled water. Most diseases in monsoon are associated with water-bourne germs.
3. Eat a Diet High in Fruits and Vegetables:
To build immunity, diet must be rich in fruits and vegetables. In the monsoon, vegetables such as bitter gourd (lauki), apple gourd (tinda) and fenugreek (methi) are easily available. Make sure to eat steamed rather than raw vegetables to allow micro-organisms to get killed while cooking.
4. Go Light on Fat:
Cook vegetables in a very less quantity of oil and flavour your dishes with garlic, pepper, ginger, hing, jeera powder, turmeric and coriander as these herbs help increase the palatability of the foods and even make them more digestible.
5. Avoid water retention:
To avoid water retention do not eat sour foods like pickles, tamarind and chutneys as they tend to become heavy on the body.
-With inputs from nutritionist Kajal Jain