The rainy season is right around the corner — which is why it is essential to implement a healthy lifestyle and take necessary steps to maintain your health.
In this article, Smarter Health will be sharing a few tips on how you can maintain your well-being during the wet season.
If you have health problems during the rainy season, do not hesitate to consult a general practitioner or specialist by using Smarter Health’s free services.
You may enjoy the rainy weather, but you may also catch some colds, the flu, dengue fever or even food-borne infections. The following are several tips for maintaining your health during the rainy season:
1. Stay away from downpours
Colds can get worse when you get caught in the rain. There is a theory that says your body restricts blood flow to extremities, such as your nose, to keep your body warm. This explains why your nose runs when it is cold. Protect yourself from downpours so that you do not catch a cold.
2. Consume Vitamin C
Vitamin C can help speed up your recovery if you have the flu. Though it is still debatable, Vitamin C helps support your healthy immune system and reduces the severity of flu. Vitamin C can be found in natural sources such as red and green peppers, papayas, or pineapples.
3. Take a hot shower
After you get yourself caught in the rain, your body temperature gradually increases and eliminates germs and protects you from numerous potential infections. You can get many healing benefits from foot soaks.
4. Eating a variety of warming dishes
When the days grow chilly and rainy, you may prefer to drink warm drinks. Options are ranging– from a warm glass of green tea or hot chocolate; to a bowl of hot soup. Consumption of warm food and drinks can help prevent you from catching a cold or being exposed to other infections due to sudden temperature changes.
5. Maintain a good personal hygiene
People tend to stay indoors during the rainy season. However, it should be noted that germs are more likely to spread. Be sure to maintain a clean, healthy, well-sanitized environment. Even if you catch a cold, keep your hands clean by washing them regularly or using a hand sanitizer.
6. Meet your daily fluid needs
You may feel less thirsty when it is cold outside. However, you should not wait to feel thirsty to drink — as it may lead to dehydration. Be sure to keep yourself well-hydrated even in low temperatures to help flush out toxins from your body.
7. Cook your own food at home
You can maintain your health in the rainy season by meeting your daily nutritional needs and avoiding fast foods or processed foods. It is more recommended if you cook more and maintain your kitchen’s hygiene.
8. Use Mosquito Repellents
Rainy season is when the population of Insects increases massively. This may put you at risk for dealing with health issues. It is a must for you to keep mosquito repellents, air fresheners, detergents and perfumes at home.
9. Avoid spicy foods
You need to limit your spicy food consumption during the rainy season as such foods may cause allergies and skin irritations. It is better for you if you reduce the spiciness level.
10. Bring an umbrella and raincoat
Whenever you go outside, remember to bring an umbrella, raincoat, or both during the rainy season. Protecting yourself from getting caught in the rain or staying in wet clothes is the best way to avoid colds, coughs, flu and fevers.
Healthy Food Choices For Rainy Season
Unhygienic conditions can affect your immune system. You should pay attention to what you consume during the rainy season. The following are several ways to help you stay healthy during the rainy season:
1. Fruits and Vegetables
Maintain your energy throughout the day by eating fruits, such as apples, pears, or pomegranates. You can also eat sliced cucumbers as its high-water content can help boost your body’s hydration and flushes out toxins.
Avoid the risk of infection by including bitter melon and fenugreek in your daily diet. Moreover, be sure to always keep your hands vegetable, and fruits clean before you eat.
2. Garlic & Turmeric
Garlic can enhance the functioning of your immune system. You may add garlic to your soup or curry.
As for turmeric, it is a natural source of antibiotics. You can try to drink turmeric milk to protect yourself from catching colds.
3. Low Sodium Diet
You should pay attention to your salt intake. Reducing salt will help lower blood pressure — protecting against heart attack and stroke.
A low-sodium diet means avoiding junk food, salty chips, salted butter, cheese, pickles, packaged foods, etc. It is better if you start consuming vegetables, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, nuts, plain yoghurt, and other food sources.
4. Light snacks
The human digestive system is weaker during the rainy season, so it is advisable to eat foods that are easily digested. Your digestive system is weak during the rainy season. Hence, it is always better to eat easily digested foods such as fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and rice.
In addition, olive oil, ghee (clarified butter), or sunflower oil are known to have health benefits fto improve your digestion.
5. Dry foods
Dry foods such as corn, chickpeas, or wheat can be great food options to eat during the rains. Eating dry foods helps avoid swelling or bloating caused by high-water content food sources such as watermelon, cantaloupe, or cold yoghurt.
Those are some tips for maintaining health in the rainy season and avoiding the risks of colds, flu, coughs, and fevers.
If you have further questions, please contact your general practitioner or specialist through Smarter Health. Smarter Health is ready to assist you in finding hospital and doctor recommendations, making appointments, conducting teleconsultations, and calculating the estimated treatment cost at home and abroad.