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Dietary Do's and Don'ts in Monsoon

After the flaming heat of summer, we all look towards the sky for reviving showers in the monsoon season. Although it rejuvenates every living organism, one should be careful about the diseases prevalent during this season. If you aren't prepared for the monsoon, you may become sick. Cough, Flu, cold and allergies are some very common monsoon companions.

Don’t let the monsoon diseases lower your zeal to enjoy the rains. Following simple and easy monsoon safety tips and making little changes in your lifestyle will keep you healthy and help you enjoy the joy of this season. Here are some tips,  do's and don’ts for taking care of yourself during the monsoon season.

Tips for Staying Healthy This Monsoon

We can easily get rid of such illness during the monsoon seasons if we take some preventive measures and maintain a healthy lifestyle. So, here we present some easy and helpful tips to stay healthy during the rainy season:


  • Maintain good personal hygiene and eat right.

  • Increase your Vitamin C intake, either in the form of supplement or in a natural state. Doing so will help increase your immunity against infections which are responsible for cold and flu.

  • Contamination of drinking water is very common during the rainy season; always boil your water before drinking.

  • Increase the intake of water to maintain optimum hydration level in your body because dehydration surprisingly happens during monsoon, owing to the fact that people tend to drink less amount of water.

  • Incorporate moderate quantities of light and warm foods such as brown rice and oats; they are easily digestible by our body.

  • Vegetables should be boiled properly before eating and food should be well cooked.

  • Your laundry should be kept neat and clean.

  • Get enough sleep to relax your body physically and mentally. 

  • Consuming bitter vegetables such as bitter gourd and herbs such as neem help in improving immunity and decreased chances of getting infections.

  • Consume herbal tea like jasmine tea, chamomile tea or green tea are healthy as they have antibacterial properties.


  • Due to increased chances of contamination, avoid eating at roadside stalls.

  • Limit the amount of spicy food as it can irritate the gastrointestinal tract. Also, excessive salted food may lead to water retention and increased blood pressure. 

  • Asthma or diabetic patients should avoid staying close to wet or damp walls as it leads to the growth of fungus and can be very harmful.

  • Avoid eating salads and raw vegetables without a thorough wash, as they carry germs and may result in waterborne diseases.

  • Avoid excessive intake of caffeine such as coffee and tea as they dehydrate the body.

  • Avoid fish and meat during the monsoon season due to the increased level of water contamination. Consumption may lead to stomach infection. 

Some Homemade remedies:

  • Boil water along with dry ginger to get fast relief if you are having flu, cold and cough.

  • Gargle using lukewarm saline water if you are having sore throat or pain.

  • Boil water along with tulsi, ginger, and honey. Drink the juice for treating viral fever.

  • For individuals who consume alcohol, avoid whiskey and rum and instead opt for wine which helps to increase your body immunity and prevent chances for infections.

  • In case, you get any skin infections or allergies, try boiling neem leaves in water and take a shower with it.