The rains provide relief from the harsh summer months but also bring in a number of stomach diseases such as diarrhea, gastroenteritis and food poisoning. Common stomach problems include nausea, upset stomach, cramps in the stomach, and vomiting.
How to stay away from stomach diseases in the monsoons
- It is always advisable to eat hygienic food and avoid eating uncovered and unhygienic food.
- It is also recommended to consume cooked food as it will prevent food poisoning.
- Eating raw or undercooked food is not advised during the rainy season.
- Wash your vegetables and fruits thoroughly before eating them. Do not eat raw shellfish and seafood.
- Consume boiled water. Water in the rainy season might get contaminated and it is advisable to drink boiled water. Boiling will kill germs and parasites that are present in the water thus preventing infections. You can store hot water in insulated water bottles, and make sure you are hydrated by sipping on it.
- Always wash your hands before eating. If it is not possible to wash hands, use a hand sanitizer.
- Our metabolism is slowed down during the monsoon season. This also lowers our immunity. Consume a handful of dates, walnuts, and almonds to keep up with your immunity.
- Consume ginger. Ginger helps to fight stomach infections and also protects from cold and flu. Add ginger to your tea and make it a habit to add it to your daily meals.
- Avoid swimming during the monsoon season. If you are down with flu or cold, avoid swimming as it will upset the stomach.
- It is advisable not to eat uncovered and stale food. Food rots in the monsoon season faster and so always consume fresh food.
- Stay hydrated: drink 8 glasses of water every day. Drinking enough water will ensure that the body systems work as they should.
- In case you get infected and face stomach troubles, take rice water. It provides relief from stomach pain and inflammation.