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So finally the monsoons are here and they have brought a welcome respite from the sweltering heat!
It is my favourite time of the year. The skies have opened up and are quenching the thirst of the parched earth. It's nice to hear the pitter-patter of the rain drops. Everything looks washed and clean. The temperatures have come down and it is nice and windy. The smell of the first rain makes me so nostalgic. I find myself drifting into the memories of my childhood. The dancing in the rain, the sailing of paper boats in the water rivulets on the road, the smell of hot pakoras coming from the kitchen…….
Monsoons are a time to be extra careful about your health. With the much needed rains , come the unwanted infections.
Everybody is down with some kind of bug or the other. Cold, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, stomach ailments are rampant. Children are especially susceptible to these.
They say prevention is better than cure. You can keep infections away by following some simple rules.
• Hygiene plays an important role in keeping infections at bay.
• Wash your hands with warm water and soap frequently, especially every time you come home from outdoors.
• Keep your surroundings as clean as possible.
• Use a generous amount of disinfectant while mopping your floors.
• If you have pets, this is a time to be careful with their hygiene.
• Maintain hygiene in your kitchen.
• Keep all food covered.
• Make sure that you have netting on your windows to keep flies and mosquitoes away.
• Avoid eating out.
• Keep yourself warm
• Drink a lot of hot beverages
• Avoid getting wet in the rain
• Take vitamin C supplements to increase your immunity
• Add ginger and lemon grass to your tea to keep away the cold
• Have freshly prepared simple food low in spices and oil. You can use Sunny International oil which is fortified with the power of 5 I.e. Vitamin A, D, E, Omega 3/ Omega 6 and which is naturally cholesterol free.
• And more importantly keep away from someone who has an infection.
Cuddle up with a hot cup of tea and a good book and enjoy the rains.
Stay safe, stay healthy!