Food contamination is rampant in the rains. Here’s how to stay safe, yet satiated.
Eat safe during monsoon
Antioxidant-rich fruits to boost immunity – apple, pear, pomegranate. Antioxidants fight the free radicals and toxins in our body and keep us fit. Dry fruits – almonds and walnuts – to take care of protein and healthy fat. Seasonal fresh vegetables like bitter gourd, bottle gourd, turai, carrots and corn. They are rich in vitamins, mineral, fibre and antioxidants. Choose yellow, green and orange-coloured vegetables. Well-washed vegetables. Blanch veggies like tomatoes, cauliflower and spinach to disinfect them as they might cause infection. Warm turmeric milk. Curcumin present in turmeric reduces the risk of infection. A concoction made of tulsi, ginger, honey and green tea will keep sore throat and cough at bay.1 tsp Triphala powder daily is a herbal remedy for better immunity. Roasted bhutta (corn on the cob). It is healthy too. Home-made, light meals. Boiled drinking water or filtered mineral water. Hydrate yourself well. Since monsoon is all about water all around, we tend to feel less thirsty, however, we must ensure good hydration to flush out toxins from the body. Heart-friendly warm preparations like oats porridge, daliya in warm milk, brown rice with warm dal to keep infection away. Probiotics to ensure proper gut functioning.
Fish and sea food. If the fish is not fresh, it might cause serious infection. Chicken and mutton should also be consumed with caution. Do check the best before date, and also once prepared, eat the same day. Raw or half-boiled egg. Cluster beans, okra and cauliflower which are more prone to getting contaminated. Raw vegetable juices and salads. Pre-cut vegetables from the market and sprouted potatoes. Foods with high water content – watermelon and muskmelon. They will make you feel sluggish and swelled up. Spicy, street and deepfried foods. They lead to acidity, stomach infections, acne eruptions and even weight gain. Too much consumption of salt and ready-to-eat packaged foods which have high sodium levels. They cause water retention and swelling. Excessive consumption of coffee. It dehydrates the body. All alcoholic beverages dehydrate the body and reduce the antioxidant response. Red wine, however, is rich in antioxidants and is occasionally fine to consume. Ice cream, kulfi, gola and other cold desserts, especially if they are bought from the local vendor as the water or milk used in the process are prone to contamination.
Avoid fish and sea food. If the fish is not fresh, it might cause serious infection.