Five nutritional mistakes to avoid during the monsoon
Sitting by your window, listening to the rhythm of the falling rain, the smell of mud, the cool and comfortable environment, the soothing relief from the scorching heat of summers and the hope of a rainbow will certainly awaken many childhood memories.
If you hear close enough, you will also hear your mom asking you to take care of your health, not to let your hair get wet, to wear clothes that keep you warm, and to be careful what you eat as well.
While the rain may seem like the best time of year, it’s also the time when we are more prone to getting sick.
Here are five nutritional mistakes to avoid during the monsoon to stay healthy, according to the advice of dietitian Mac Singh, founder of Fitelo.
1: Avoid citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is great for your immunity as it fights infections, making it the most needed today. Due to the acidity of these fruits, people tend to avoid them during the monsoon, compromising their immunity.
If you don’t like to consume whole citrus fruits, you can always sprinkle a lemon on your food or make yourself a nice fruit drink. If you really can’t eat citrus, be sure to eat foods like papaya, guava, and bell pepper as they are rich sources of vitamin C.
2: Avoid prebiotic and probiotic foods
Similar to citrus fruits, people often avoid probiotic foods like curd. During monsoons, you need to make sure you are feeding your gut a diet that it likes and that also takes care of your immunity. Foods like sour milk, buttermilk, and pickled vegetables help the gut fight disease-fighting germs and other harmful bacteria.
3: Consume chilled water
If you really want to avoid something to keep your throat safe, it’s refrigerator water. Cold water damages your throat and makes you vulnerable to infections. If you have a hard time giving up cold water, switch to our traditional ghade ka paani. Not only would it quench your thirst, but also provide you with a wide range of benefits from increasing metabolism to balancing hormones and preventing sunburn.
4: ignore hyper-local seasonal foods
The reason the emphasis is on consuming hyperlocal seasonal fruits and vegetables is that the benefits can only be achieved when the fruits and vegetables grown in your area are seasonal.
Imported fruits and vegetables are produced and harvested artificially and therefore devoid of immune benefits.
5: Eating too much in the street
Monsoons call for fried snacks such as pakoras with chai. Fried foods cause bloating and upset stomach. During the monsoon, one is not thirsty and often fails to drink enough water, which leads to dehydration from humidity. So make sure you drink 2.5 to 3 liters of water per day.