Are the rains dampening your exciting plans? Rachna Virdi gets Dolly Kumar, Founder and Director of GAIA, to share some health foods that help you stay active and energized. Monsoon is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year – a time that brings happiness and joy for many. While the rain brings respite from the sizzling heat, it also brings with it a series of infections, illnesses and an occasional bout of flu that you must protect yourself against. Here are six health foods that will not only protect your body from infections but will also let you enjoy the beautiful season.
What sounds better than a bowl of soup? Treat yourself to a warm, healthy cup of green tea soup to stay energized all day long. A wonderfully healthy beverage, green tea is packed with anti-oxidants and is known to strengthen immune system and improve memory. This ‘super-drink’ also comes packed with nutrients, minerals and bio-active compounds that help in enhancing the detoxification process in your body, leaving you with improved digestion and a clear skin. Along with its alluring aroma and pleasant taste, your body is bound to stay hydrated and fresh.
If green tea soup sounds a bit too adventurous for your taste buds, make yourself the plain, old cup of green tea and enjoy the rains? Add a teaspoon of stevia and squeeze a lemon in your cup of green tea and make your day tangy, zesty and refreshing.
Monsoon is also the time when many of us catch stomach infection by consuming contaminated food and water. Taking neem not only helps increase the body’s resistance against infections but also strengthens the immune and digestive systems. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and known to contain blood purifying properties and cooling properties.
Alternatively, one can also try aloe vera which helps maintain overall health. Aloe vera aids in digestion and is useful in both constipation and acidity, which is common during monsoon.
Monsoon calls for us to indulge in street and junk food. But that can be harmful to your body. So why not prepare your pakodas at home using healthy olive oil? A great alternative to regular cooking oil, olive oil is rich in mono-saturated fatty acids and has a light texture that complements your dish perfectly. Packed with anti-oxidants, it also reduces the risk of cancer, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and breast cancer.
Cold and sore throats are common problems during monsoon season. Grate half a ginger, add a spoonful of honey and voila, you have the perfect natural remedy to sore throat. Honey is known to have a soothing effect on throat. A great substitute for sugar, raw honey is fat-free, cholesterol-free, sodium-free and a natural sweetener.
enjoy the rainy season eat whatever you love but be careful because health comes first. So if you liked reading the above given tips do hit like and share. Also if you have few more dishes or ideas on how to enjoy the monsoon do comment below.