Monsoon season in the times of COVID outbreak can be stressful for us as this is the season of catching several viral infections and the symptoms of the same could be confusing with those of the pandemic. Hence it is important to be extra careful with our diet and hygiene to avoid paranoia and a visit to health care centers. Diksha Chhabra, Online Fitness trainer & Sports Nutritionist, Founder of Diksha Chhabra Fitness Consultations suggests a few steps that one can follow to avoid catching any sort of infection during the season.
Go Green, Go Fresh, Go Hygienic
Monsoon season provides an apt atmosphere for any micro-organisms to flourish in any food item, be it in the raw form or thoroughly cooked. Make sure you wash your fruits and vegetables at least three to four times in running water before consuming it. Seasonal fruits and vegetables in cooked and raw form provide enough nutrients to fight against any infection and help in building a strong immunity but the same can cause the problem if hygiene is not practised while cooking or cutting them as it provides an ample environment for disease-causing organisms to grow and cause the damage. Eating freshly prepared food should also be practiced which gives no time to the disease-causing organisms to dwindle on the food.
Herbal Teas Or Immunity-Boosting Concoctions
Having teas or concoctions made with infused herbs and spices like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and cardamom etc. helps in fighting mild infections right at the beginning due to antibiotic properties that are found in them.
Avoid Frozen Food
Freezing and storing food items is a great practice to increase the shelf life but may not be the best during monsoon, especially when it comes to meat and dairy products like ice cream and cheese. As animal-based sources of food are more prone to bacterial growth and any disruption in freezing temperature may give a window for the viruses to grow and create health concerns.
Cook your protein Thoroughly
Protein plays an important role in our everyday life. Especially those who are conscious about their fitness ensure to add class one source of protein in everyday diet. Since most of the protein sources fall under the animal-based food products category which is more prone to microbial ecology. Thorough cooking is imperative. Pressure cook your choice of meat and try to use fresh cuts with proper hygiene to avoid any sort of infection.
Add Nuts In Your Diet
Dried fruits are no doubt superfoods that are rich in carbs, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals but also apt to include in your diet during monsoon as due to lack of moisture in it, it is most unlikely to get contaminated. Hence instead of fruits rich in water content or fresh juices stick with dried berries and nuts as a snack.
Add Whole Grains
Whole grains, legumes, lentils take time and high temperatures in getting cooked. Hence whole grains and legumes like kidney beans, grams, millets, chickpeas, sprouts etc are cooked at the temperature where no micro-organisms can survive. Therefore freshly prepared salads with whole beans or bread prepared with whole grains are great source of complex carbs that provides enough energy to keep you active throughout the day.
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