As per an expert most of the theories related to monsoon and health, despite of all the relief it brings are not true.
Here are some tips shared by Richa Mattu who is a nutrition and health manager in South Asia, Hindustan Unilever Limited to help wade through rains.
Avoid eating sea food or fish during the rains.
The basic theory behind this myth is that during the rains, as the seas get rough due to the bad weather, fishermen avoid going out in the water bodies. Also the season of breeding for these species is the rains. Hence the availability of fresh fish is rare and most of the fished that are sold are frozen. Eating frozen fishes which is stored hygienically can be accounted for the upset tummy but if you have an access to places which serve fresh fish, there is no need to worry and you can indulge carelessly.
Eating curd is also the reason for sickness during the rains.
Many people believe that consuming curd during the rainy season can be harmful for the body as the nature of the food is “cool”. It is also believed that eatables which are warm in nature for example – turmeric or mil, are useful for the immune system of the body during the months of heavy rainfall. But the presence of ‘good bacteria’ in the curd helps in aiding digestion, absorbing the essential nutrients for the body and hence improving the gut immunity. Curd can be very helpful in soothing infection related to stomach, which is also the reason that curd is considered as a home remedy for food poisoning. Food poisoning is one of the most common complaints during the season of rains.
Chicken soup help in recovering from the cold.
Hot Chicken soup is a perfect comfort food during the freezing rains. Hot soup can also aid in soothing a sore throat. Decreasing the amount of inflammation with soup of other healthy foods can quickly decrease the symptoms and hence speeding the process of recovery.
Consumption of ice-cream in the monsoons can cause cold and cough.
Cough and cold are majorly caused by infections related to bacterial and viral. Many of the ice creams undergo a process of pasteurization, which can effective restrain the bacteria that cause illness. Ice creams that are processed of manufactured in condition that aren’t hygienic might contain micro organism, which can cause infections. Various products for example Paddle pop, which are manufactured in hygienic condition in the low temperature conditions for example, -18 degree Celsius and pasteurization helps in avoiding any kind of bacterial growth.
Eating food items that are cold in nature helps in avoiding any of such problems unless and until there are infection causing bacteria present in them. Ice creams during the season of rains can be very pleasant but if you fail to take necessary precautions you might get sick. Avoid consuming ice creams that are sold in open at the stalls. Branded ice creams are expensive but there are minimum chances of getting sick involved in it. Checking for the expiry date is equally important and one of the most important precautions everyone should keep in mind.