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Here’s how you can keep health problems at bay as summer gives way to monsoon

The changing season brings with it a plethora of infections. But, a few simple steps can help make the immunity stronger. Here’s how.

more lifestyle Updated: Jun 23, 2017 19:02 IST
Ishita Gupta
Ishita Gupta
Hindustan Times
It’s important to deal smartly with the changing season.(iStockphoto)

The summer heat is slowly giving way to monsoon humidity, and while many of us love the rain, it also brings with it health ailments. Flu, common cold and skin infections are very common in the changing weather, along with problems related to digestion and bloating.

What can be done to prevent germs during the season?
Drinking water must be carefully consumed. One must make sure it is boiled before drinking, or, water purifiers must be used. Also, vegetables must be washed and ideally, steamed too, before eating. Raw salads should be avoided.

Are major dietary changes required?
Don’t bring about a dramatic shift in your diet. The body is already busy coping with the changing weather and the immunity is not so strong. Eating a lot of pigmented food like mango and papaya is a very good option as it has antioxidants which are very important in this weather. Also, eating cold food and re-heated food must be avoided as it might contain bacteria that are harmful to health.

What about fried food?
Our body creates a false dehydrated environment. This is because we usually prefer to stay indoors in an air- conditioned environment. We must go out and release some sweat from our body. This helps us feel hydrated and cleanses the body. Drinking a lot of water is also suggested.

What can one do to avoid infections?
Our skin is also very susceptible to infections in this weather. Maintain cleanliness and take a bath daily. If your feet have touched muddy rain water, wash them thoroughly with clean water because chances are, the water is contaminated with bacteria that can fester and cause skin problems.

With inputs from Dr Supriya Bali of Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket and Dr Anjali Hooda of Fortis

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 19:02 IST