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July 15th, 2021
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Top Rainy Season Foods to Add to Your Healthy Diet Plan

Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables help combat infections during rains

Boost immunity by adding garlic and turmeric to your monsoon diet

Rainy season foods such as lentil and vegetable soups increase body strength

Monsoons offer a great deal of relief from the scorching summer heat. However, with this change, the weather brings with it a variety of illnesses. The monsoons also interfere with your immune system, which is why you need to be careful about your diet. A healthy diet plan is the key to ward off most common sicknesses like typhoid, cholera and diarrhea.

The Effects of the Weather on Diet

The weather influences what you eat and how much you consume. [1] Warmer temperatures are known to reduce your appetite. This is the reason you hardly feel hungry in summer and crave for liquid foods. Excessive sweating and dehydration are among the problems you are likely to face during these months.

During monsoons, the cool weather increases your appetite. You may find yourself feeling hungrier during these months. Ideally, carbohydrates may work better at keeping you full during the monsoons. Be it for kids or adults, choosing the right rainy season foods is key to staying healthy.

Here’s How You Can Follow a Healthy Monsoon Diet

Consume Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables during the rains 

Vitamin C is essential for proper growth and repair of tissues. It is a water-soluble vitamin that facilitates recovery. It also helps in the absorption of iron. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which the body cannot synthesize on its own. As such, it is important to consume vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables.

Additional Read: Fruits and Vegetables Rich in Vitamin C

Studies have proven vitamin C as an effective remedy for common cold. Some of the fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C include cherries, oranges, plums, spinach, kale, chili peppers, guavas and parsley to name a few.

The table below lists the vitamin C content present in various vegetables and fruits. [2,3] 

Vegetable or Fruit 

Vitamin C Content 

Cherries  822 mg/ 49g 
Green chili peppers  242 mg/ 100g 
Guavas  228 mg/ 100g 
Parsley  10 mg/ 8g 
Kale  120 mg/ 100g 
Lemons  77 mg/ 100g 
Oranges  53 mg/ 100g 

Additional Read: It’s Important To Know the Difference between Diet and Nutrition: Here’s a Guide 

rainy season foods

Reduce salt intake as a part of your monsoon diet

Consumption of excess salt may lead to high blood pressure and water retention in the body. For these reasons, you should lower your salt intake during these cooler months. Excess water retention can cause health problems such as swelling.[4] 

Include garlic and turmeric in your list of food to eat in rainy season 

Garlic contains antioxidants that helps boost your immunity and regulate your metabolism. The presence of curcumin in turmeric also makes it a good antioxidant. Introducing turmeric in your monsoon diet helps the body fight against common infections. [4,5] 

Consume herbal drinks along with other healthy food to eat in rainy season 

Boiling ginger, pepper, cumin, peppercorn, tulsi, ginger, and fenugreek in water makes a potent herbal drink. Consuming this herbal drink during the rainy season increases immunity and wards off infections. You can consume this on a semi-regular basis to stay healthy.

Add vegetable soups and dal to your list of rainy season foods 

Consuming soups prepared using lentils and vegetables is highly nutritious. These are rich in proteins and provide the body with the required energy. Hot soups warm the body as well, which can help to fight a few seasonal illnesses. [5] 

Additional Read: Why a Healthy Diet Plan is Crucial to Maintaining Good Health 

Replace curd with milk in your monsoon diet 

It may be smart to replace milk with curd during monsoons. Lactobacillus present in curd aids in digestion and also improves your immunity levels. 

Avoid fried and spicy foods in your healthy diet plan 

Generally, the digestive system is weaker during the monsoons. So, it is better to consume light foods that are easy to digest. Eating fried foods causes bloating of the stomach and other complications. Further, you should reduce the spice in your food. Spices increase your body temperature and blood flow. This increased blood circulation may lead to rapid spread of infections in the body. Meat is also something you should reduce during this season. They are harder to digest but if you must, have them in a stew or a soup. 

It is always advisable to consume easily digestible and freshly cooked meals during monsoons. Having fruits and vegetables that have not been stored properly or have stayed out in the humidity attracting moisture and fruit flies, is also a no-no. However, in case you are down with a cold or fever, you need not worry. Book an appointment with a specialist close to you using the Bajaj Finserv Health platform and keep yourself safe from infections during the monsoons. 

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