Here’s how to keep fit dur­ing weather change

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - HT City | Lifestyle - Ishita Gupta (With in­puts from Dr Supriya Bali of Max Su­per Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal, Saket and Dr An­jali Hooda of For­tis)

The sum­mer heat is slowly giv­ing way to mon­soon hu­mid­ity. While rain is wel­come, it also brings with it health ail­ments. Flu, com­mon cold, skin in­fec­tions, and prob­lems re­lated to di­ges­tion are com­mon around this time. How can you pre­vent it? Be care­ful of the wa­ter you drink. Make sure you boil the wa­ter, or make use of wa­ter pu­ri­fiers. Also, veg­eta­bles must be washed prop­erly, and steamed be­fore con­sum­ing. Avoid raw sal­ads, cold food and re-heated food, to keep the harm­ful bac­te­ria at bay. Should there be ma­jor di­etary changes?

Not re­ally. The body is al­ready busy cop­ing with the chang­ing weather and im­mu­nity isn’t at its strong­est. Eat pig­mented fruits like mango and pa­paya, as they are rich in an­tiox­i­dants. What about fried food?

Our body cre­ates a false de­hy­drated en­vi­ron­ment. This is be­cause we pre­fer to stay in­doors in an air con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ment. So, it’s im­por­tant to step out and break a sweat. This helps the body feel hy­drated, and also cleanses it. Drink­ing a lot of wa­ter is also sug­gested. How can one avoid in­fec­tions? Sim­ple steps like main­tain­ing cleanliness and tak­ing a bath ev­ery day help a lot. If your skin comes in con­tact with muddy rain wa­ter, wash thor­oughly with clean wa­ter to get rid off any pos­si­ble bac­te­ria that can fes­ter and cause skin prob­lems.

FLU, COM­MON COLD, SKIN IN­FEC­TIONS, AND PROB­LEMS RE­LATED TO DI­GES­TION ARE COM­MON AROUND THIS TIME

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