8 things to eat to keep disease at bay during the monsoons

Here are some nifty tips on natural ways to boost your body’s immunity this monsoon.


Rain—the perfect weather for adrak chai and hot, steaming pakoras, is also the perfect weather to get sick! With monsoons comes its attendant diseases that spring from water.

Here are some nifty tips from Dr. Rashmi Saligram of Jaydeva Institute of Cardiac Sciences on natural ways to boost your body’s immunity this monsoon:

Kadak chai or masala chai

Kadak chai

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The cardamom and cinnamon used in preparing masala tea helps in keeping away from throat infections and cold.

Herbal Tea

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Pic – Pixabay

Drink lots of warming herbal teas, especially those with antibacterial properties such as holy basil leaves, ginger, pepper and honey.

Hot soups

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Pic – Wikimedia Commons

Drink a bowl of hot vegetable soup or a cup of freshly brewed green tea as the temperature will give you warmth and the ingredients boost your immunity.

Onions and garlic

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Pic – Wisegeek

Spice up those salads and starters with this combination, even better have them raw and keep those sniffles at bay. Garlic has high anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties due to a sulphur compound known as allicin which gets released when they are cut.

Ginger

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Pic – Fotopedia

Have this with tea, boiled water or in stir fries; besides having great anti septic properties, ginger heats the system best consumed in colder weather and its heating properties keeps sinuses and colds away

Avoid the tela

However inviting the local pani puri-wala might be, perhaps you want to visit him post-monsoon.

Season with leaves

Include spices and herbs while cooking, like curry leaves, chillies, methi, jeera etc. as they flush out any sinuses from the body.

Add millets

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Pic – Wikimedia Commons

Include millets in your daily diet in some form: jowar and ragi for example are rich in calcium and protein and give the body an energy boost.

Avoid the sea

Try not to have sea foods like fish, prawn, crab etc. unless they are absolutely fresh. As it is the breeding season for these creatures, you may end up having stomach infections, or worse, food poisoning. It is always better to maintain a vegetarian diet during the rainy season.

Featured image courtesy: Raheel Shahid | Flickr


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  • ramapriya

    Thanks for the article. Can you please provide the step by step instructions to make the tea,soup,chai and whatever you have listed above. Thanks in advance.