We as humans always are living in a dynamic atmosphere. Our diet, weather, routines, and a multitude of other factors change on a regular basis. Likewise, the microbial content of even an otherwise healthy person’s gut can be affected by changes in the environment or season. This is more so in monsoon when the dampness in the weather hugely increases the disease-causing microbes.
Paradoxically, the gut enzymes activity is lesser in the wet season than in summers, thus affecting the process of digestion. This may lead to indigestion and cause sluggishness.
It is therefore essential to pay heed to what we eat.
- Though very tempting, oily or fried food is best avoided since it is difficult to digest due to a sluggish digestive system in monsoon.
- Avoid dairy products which take longer to be digested. Instead, opt for fresh homemade soups of different types.
- Avoid consuming leafy and raw vegetables for apparent reasons.
- It is better to prepare and consume fresh fruit juices at home than processed ones or street vendors.
- There is some evidence to show that consumption of certain things like fenugreek (methi) seeds, bitter gourd (karela) have been shown to improve gut health, immunity and reduce inflammation. Methi seeds may be included in various vegetables or soups or curries that are prepared at home after soaking for some time or overnight.
- Prepare your favorite refreshing medicinal tea at home with fresh ginger, juicy lemons and fresh tulsi leaves available in ample now. Turmeric with milk is also that one should consume to avoid a sore throat.
- To improve beneficial bacteria in the gut, consume homemade buttermilk, not the processed one.
Children are vulnerable in the monsoons and often fall prey to infections and viruses. Here are simple tips to keep your children healthy this season! Monsoons also wreak havoc on one’s skin, but you can avoid them. Learn how here. If you have waded through flood water, learn how to prevent leptospirosis.
Happy and healthy monsoon!
Disclaimer: The above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute fairly common advice given to patients, and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.