Avoid Cold and Stomach Infections: 12 Ways To Boost Your Immunity This Monsoon
The first showers are a major relief after the sweltering summer. The weather is beautiful and it’s just the right time to stay indoors and have a hot cuppa. But, along with the romantic ambience, this weather also brings allergies, cold and other infections.
To steer clear of any illness this monsoon, we show you 12 ways to boost your immunity.
Summer usually leaves your body dehydrated, no matter how much water you drink. Thus, by the time monsoon rolls on, your body has low digestive power for heavy food items, making it vulnerable to stomach infections. Here are the precautions you need to take.
1. In the beginning of monsoon, avoid binging on junk food and fried items. For a week or two, have nutritious and light foods made from full grains such as oats and whole wheat.
2. Have your fruits and vegetables in liquid form. Raw vegetables and fruits tend to pick up a lot of bacteria in humid conditions. Make a mixed soup of vegetables and wash your fruits before you have juice or milkshakes.
3. Avoid eating cold and stale food. Always heat your food before eating.
4. Drink a glass of warm water with half a lemon squeezed in the morning. This will boost your digestion. If you absolutely cannot have warm water, drink it at room temperature.
5. Eat immunity boosting food items like yoghurt, nuts, berries and green tea.
6. Avoid sleeping during the day, as it affects your sleep at night. Often those who sleep in the day get disturbed sleep at night. If needed, take a short nap of not more than 30 minutes.
7. While sleeping at night, avoid the air-conditioning. Open up your windows and let your body get used to the change in season.
8. Waking up to rains and cloudy weather may seem gloomy, but stick to your routine as far as possible. Lack of sleep or oversleeping are major reasons for weak immunity.
9. Working out in the gym or going for a run may not be feasible this season due to heavy rains and floods. So, it is best to invest in a treadmill or light exercise equipment for your home. It will work in the long run when you feel too lazy to step out to exercise.
10. If you do not work out, try different stretches and/or yoga at home for at least 30 minutes. The more oxygen you breathe in, the faster your body is accustomed to the weather.
11. Keep your body warm with windcheaters and raincoats when out. Viruses attack when the body temperature drops.
12. Avoid being in wet clothes, shoes and socks for a long time. In fact, even if the clothes dry up after getting drenched in the rain, avoid wearing them unless washed because they still carry infections.
We’re sure these tips will boost your immunity this monsoon. Let us know if you have anything to add to the list.
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