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What to eat and avoid during rainy season

THE damp and flooded conditions caused by heavy rains and monsoon carry a host of germs and diseases, cause irritated bowel or gastro intestinal problems and even diarrhea. People with weak immune system including the elderly may easily be compromised.

Staying healthy during this rainy season is a must. Here’s what to eat and what to avoid to keep your body in good condition.

* Eat bitter vegetables like ampalaya, ampalaya leaves and bitter herbs like neem and turmeric powder help in preventing infections.

* Use only light oil or corn oil in cooking. Avoid heavy oils like sesame oil, peanut oil and mustard oil as they may invite infections.

* People with allergies during rainy seasons must avoid spicy foods. Spicy foods raise body temperature and stimulate blood circulation and it leads to allergies and skin irritation.
   
* Eat fruits like apples, mangoes, pomegranates, and pears as they help restore energy.
   
* Eat only law-salt foods. Avoid heavy salty food as this may cause high blood pressure and water retention.
 
* Add extra garlic to your cooking to boost your body’s immune system.
   
* Drink only boiled and purified water to protect yourself from harmful bacteria and parasites. Always keep your body hydrated.
   
* Avoid eating cauliflower, potatoes, cluster beans, ladies finger, kidney beans, and sprouted grains.
   
* Avoid eating street foods like bola-bola, kikiam and other so-called “tusok-tusok” foods peddled by ambulant vendors.
   
* Always wash vegetables well and keep them clean especially if they are taken raw.
   
* Avoid too much of fish and meat this season and heavy curries and non- vegetarians should go for light meat preparations like stew and soups.
   
* Drink lots of herbal teas, especially those with antibacterial properties. These include ginger, honey, mint and basil leaves. Avoid too much coffee and tea, they dehydrate body fluids.
   
Just remember, never eat if you are not hungry during rainy season. You may not have opportunity to burn calories and it may cause indigestion.