Following dos and don’ts will help you enjoy the rains without worrying about diseases.

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, particularly leafy vegetables and cauliflower, which not only contain larvae and worms, but also dirt.
  • Eat in restraint as the body finds it resistant to digest food during the monsoon. Drink only boiled and filtered water, and make sure that it is consumed within 24 hours of boiling.
    Eat freshly cooked food. Do not consume leftover foods kept in the refrigerator.
    Moong dal is easy to digest and should be the dal of choice for the season.
  • Garlic, pepper, ginger, asafoetida (hing), jeera powder, turmeric and coriander help enhance digestion and improve immunity.
  • Fried snacks seem really tempting in the monsoons but keep it
    in moderation once in awhile.
  • Vegetables recommended during the rains are the non-leafy ones such as — snake gourd (parwal), gourd (dudhi), ridge
    gourd (turi), cluster beans (gavar), apple gourd (tinda) and bitter gourd (karela).
  • It is better to stick to seasonal fruits like pomegranates, apples, and cherries. Amla and citrus fruits contain lots of vitamin C and are good for improving immunity levels.
  • Avoid excellent roadside temptations such as chaat, ‘pani puris’ or pakoras. Pollution of water and raw vegetables is very common during this season.
  • Clean your salads under running water. Steaming them is best way to get rid of germs.