By Fabiha Naz Kabir
In a tropical country like Bangladesh, monsoon is basically the season which pours happiness and relief in the form of raindrops after the extreme heat in summer. Rains are great to beat the heat, but they also bring along a host of new problems to deal with. The rainfall and stagnant water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and thus waterborne diseases, such as malaria and dengue are on the rise. People also tend to suffer from indigestion, allergies and several other types of infections during this season. Kids and elderly people are more susceptible and are easily affected with these conditions.
Once the downpour starts, the initial reaction is to run to a shaded area and wait until the shower subsides. You may be safe from getting totally drenched but the risk of falling sick is still high. If your immune system is weak, you may instantly catch a cold after being exposed to the cool breeze that often accompanies rain showers. We should thus be extra cautious regarding food and our activities during this time of the year.
Below are some measures which should try to make sure you stay healthy during monsoon and are able to enjoy it to the fullest:
- During monsoon, humidity is comparatively high in the environment and it brings down the body’s ability to digest food. Thus the rainy season surely isn’t the best time to indulge in road side and spicy food items, as you will likely end up upsetting your stomach. Consider eating fruits and vegetable high in Vitamin C (carrot, lemon, papaya, orange, grapes, pineapple etc.) and the food prepared at home is surely the best option during this time.
- Take a bath every time you get wet in the rain or after coming back home as taking a bath helps in normalizing our body temperature. Remember to wash your hands, feet and face every time you go outside and before consuming any food as it will minimize the chances of getting infections. Keep antiseptic liquids handy and use it for washing off mud or dirt that usually gets splashed around. If you are someone who suffers from asthma or diabetes, avoid residing in places with wet walls. It propels the development of fungus and might lead to allergic reactions.
- People with high blood pressure should consume very little salt in their meals during monsoon. Otherwise the problems of high blood pressure will persist and worsen. Add a clove of garlic or some lemon to your soups instead in order to increase your immunity levels. Drinking herbal teas especially those with antibacterial properties such as basil leaves, ginger, pepper and honey are also a great way to boost your immune system.
- Since water borne diseases are quite common during the monsoon season, drinking unpurified water is a complete no-no. Even after filtration, it is suggested that the water be boiled as this will kill at least 97% of the germs and bacteria in it.