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Posted: 06 Jul 2021 By: Rashi Chaudhary

Monsoon Special: Here's How You Can Be Your Own Doctor During The Rainy Season

With the Monsoon all set to arrive across Delhi/NCR, it’s the time to refresh yourself from the breezy monsoon winds and heavy rains alongside a hot cup of Chai and pakodas. Monsoon has a different charm altogether. On one side, it gives a much-needed break from the wrenching heat of the summer, on the other hand it causes waterlogging, increases the risk of seasonal infections, and foodborne diseases.

As we are already dealing with the deadly coronavirus at the moment, it gets tougher because Monsoon increases the spread of bacteria thus chances of getting sick. All things considered, it’s the right time to get to know some simple ways through which you can rev up healthy living and protect yourself from any viral infection like flu, fever, dengue, etc.

Here’s how you can be careful and feel more relieved & joyous during the monsoon.

Maintain Hygiene

Hygiene is extremely important in order to have a hale & hearty Monsoon. The COVID times make it more important to maintain personal hygiene to keep any risk or infection at bay. On that note, keep washing your hands before and after a meal or after handling any grocery. Immediately rush to the washroom as soon as you enter the home. Always keep a sanitizer handy as it will wash off all the bacteria or germs that might have caught your skin.

Prefer Home-made Food

Nothing can beat the goodness of freshly cooked homemade food. During the monsoon season, it is highly recommended to stick to homemade meals to get all the required nutrients and keep diseases at bay. Store-bought food or street food is likely to have stayed in an unhygienic environment. They have also followed poor hygienic practices that lead to a variety of foodborne diseases. So, it’s a better idea to eat home-cooked food to avoid any infection. Add immunity- boosting foods to your diet to have a stronger gut that can effectively fight off illness.

Keep Your Surroundings Clean

Due to the heavy rains or the soft drizzle, water gets collected on roads, terrace, gardens, or any container kept outside. These spots can lead to many mosquito-borne-diseases like malaria and dengue. For this reason, you have to keep your surroundings clean to keep mosquitoes at bay, Given below are some practices that should be adopted during the rainy season to get rid of mosquitoes:

  • Buckets or any container should be kept upside down to avoid water stagnation
  • Use mosquito spray inside the house
  • Keep your doors and windows closed especially during the evening time
  • Sleep in mosquito beds to prevent bites when you sleep
  • Apply mosquito repellent cream

Keep Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is the golden tip to stay healthy and prevent any illness. Besides aiding in weight loss, a hydrated body can also effectively fight off germs and infections. Just make sure to drink safe water. If you are travelling, avoid drinking from unwanted water sources or store-bought water bottles. Always carry a water bottle with yourself. If you get bored of the plain taste of water you can also have homemade buttermilk, coconut water, lemon water, or fresh chemical-free juices to maintain the electrolyte balance of the body and reap other health benefits.

Follow COVID Safety Precautions

If you are going out for work commitments or some household errands, wear a mask and maintain distance. These practices not only protect you from getting contaminated but also save others surrounding you. Make sure you sit away from people if you are travelling in public transport. Take a leave if you are not feeling well. In these hard times, we have to work together to slow the spread of the virus that can spread a lot faster in this rainy season. Greet people with a head node instead of shaking hands. We gotta adapt to this new normal to safeguard ourselves and lower the burden of stress on our health care workers.

Exercise well

Fix a regular workout session at home and stick to it. It is essential to stay active in order to get a stronger gut. Moderate exercise also keeps stress at bay. Although Gyms have opened by now, we would suggest you to stay indoors and indulge in any home workout routine. It’s also not feasible to go for a walk outside during rains so home workouts are definitely a better option. Also, sleep for 7-8 hours so that your body can naturally recover itself and you wake up the next day with a better mood & energy.

Homemade Recipes For The Rescue

Even after taking every precaution, there are chances of getting sick. There would not be a more important time to drink the immunity boosters. Have a look at some of the many common home remedies below.

  • Turmeric: Add this to hot milk
  • Lemon, Ginger & Honey tea: Boil ginger in water, add honey to it, and you’re good to go
  • Kadha: It contains Black pepper, turmeric, tulsi, ginger, cinnamon, and honey
  • Herbal tea or green tea

Always consult your doctor if you are not seeing any signs of improvement.

Final Thoughts

As the lockdown regulations of the second corona wave have lifted, many things are opened. Therefore, we need to be extra cautious to boost our immunity to stay safe from any Monsoon based illness, allergy, or infection. Monsoon brings happiness to our lives as it makes the environment cooler. By just following the tips that I have shared above you can relish this amazing weather and easily protect yourself from the negative effects associated with the rainy season.

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