The splashes of rain during the monsoon season cleanse and refresh the environment while providing comfort to people from the soaring heat of the summer season. Unfortunately, this pleasant season also brings a host of infections and diseases alongside.
The humidity and dampness in the monsoon season create a conducive environment for the build-up of bacteria and fungi. This can not only put people at an increased risk of viral fevers, cold, and flu but also lead to the development of various stomach-related ailments.
Health experts believe that the monsoon season can affect people’s digestive health adversely. It can not only increase the risk of food-borne diseases but also slow down the digestion process, making people susceptible to gas problems, indigestion, acidity, upset stomach, etc.
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Here are some tips that can help you in improving digestion during the monsoon season:
1. Eat light
As mentioned earlier, humid weather tends to slow down the digestion process. This makes breaking down of food and absorption of nutrients troublesome. Thus, you should avoid eating heavy meals and limit the consumption of fatty, fried, and junk foods as they take an extended amount of time to digest. Instead, you should decide on light foods like rice, lentils, fruits, soups, etc. that are light on the stomach.
2. Stay hydrated
Improper water intake or dehydration is one of the primary causes of health ailments like constipation, nausea, and fatigue. Thus, you should consume at least 2.5 to 3 litres of water each day. You can also replace water with herbal teas and homemade fresh juices. However, water gets contaminated easily during the rainy season. Thus, you should carry your own bottle or consume packaged water whenever outside.
3. Avoid dairy products
Dairy products like milk, paneer, cheese, etc. take extended time to digest and can get hard on the stomach. Thus, you should limit their consumption during the monsoon season. However, you can consume fermented products like kefir, buttermilk, and yoghurt as they are a great source of probiotics, the gut-friendly bacteria.
4. Use ginger and garlic
Ginger and garlic often act as natural remedies for gas troubles. They have antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help in keeping stomach problems at bay. You can also have ginger tea for improving the digestion process.
5. Consume “bitter” vegetables
Bitter vegetables like bitter gourd (karela), bottle gourd (Lauki or ghiya), fenugreek (methi seeds), sponge gourd (turai), etc. are highly beneficial for the gut and keep digestion in check. Moreover, they are also helpful in boosting immunity which can further reduce your risk of developing health problems.
In addition, you should also limit the consumption of sugar during the monsoon season as excess sugar can lead to inflammation, further promoting growth of bad bacteria and disturbing the balance of bacteria in the gut.