From dancing in the rain to kissing to mud sliding —we loved rainy days. Rain isn’t all adventure though. Most of the time, it is a downpour of problems. Milliam Murigi tells you what you can do to stay healthy and happy this season
1. Eat healthy balanced diet
This is the season in which the body, especially the digestive system is most prone to infections. By having a healthy diet, your body will be nourished with proteins, vitamins that make the body strong to fight against infections.
You should eat green vegetables, fruits, and cereals, but try as much as possible to avoid raw vegetables and salads unless they are consumed at home where you can wash and clean them thoroughly.
2. Use dry clothes and footwear
A lot of the time, clothes don’t fully dry. Ensure garments and footwear are well dried before putting them on. If the garments are slightly wet, this can lead to microbial growth.
You can easily get skin infections caused by bacteria and fungi by wearing wet/dirty clothes. Also, avoid wearing closed shoes as they hold water and make your foot sodden. Wear waterproof or open shoes.
3. Avoid eating street food
People are addicted to foods sold by roadside vendors, especially samosas, sausages, chips, etc. Though these foods are tasty and we enjoy eating them, they should be avoided during the rainy season because street food has been proven to be one of the biggest causes of various diseases during monsoon season.
They are prepared in unhygienic conditions and are prone to various infestations. It is recommended you consume hot home-prepared food.
4. Bathe twice a day
If you get wet, take a shower immediately as rain water contains acids, which are harmful for the skin. This will also protect you from infections. Also, taking a shower as soon as you reach home in the evening will insulate you against infections caused by the build-up of sweat and dirt due to humidity.
5. Avoid touching your eyes
Eye infections such as conjunctivitis, stye, dry eyes and corneal ulcers are common during the rainy season. This can lead to blindness if ignored. Refrain from touching your eyes, especially with dirty hands because you risk flu viruses accumulating at the the eyes, nose and mouth.
6. Boost your vitamin C intake
Increase intake of vitamin C either in natural form or as food supplement. This will rid you of cold viruses faster. It is still a matter of debate among doctors whether vitamin C is a cure for colds. However, a healthy supply of this vitamin will activate your antibodies and reduce the severity of cold, undoubtedly.
7. Drink only boiled or filtered water
Waterborne diseases are common during the rainy season. Be cautious of potentially contaminated sources, especially when buying drinks from street stalls. It’s best to take own boiled or purified drinking water with you.
8. Avoid wading in flood waters, especially when barefoot
It may be fun for the little ones, but beware of leptospirosis. This is a bacterial disease that is spread by floods containing urine and other bodily fluids of infected animals, including dogs and rodents. Also, clean or disinfect toys that have been contaminated by flood water before allowing children to resume playing with them.
9. Drink herbal tea
Herbal tea has curative properties for coughs, colds and sore throat common during the rainy season. To make it extra good for your body (not to mention pleasant and delicious), you can add body warming ingredients like cloves, ginger, pepper, basil and mint.
10. Wear light make-up and keep your hair dry
Don’t do the heavy eye make-up as it might end up giving you a bad look or in your eyes. Opt for waterproof make-up if you want to highlight your eyes. Keep your hair dry and conditioned to keep it from going frizzy and oily due to humid weather. If your hair gets wet in the rain, wipe your head thoroughly and dry it. Do not enter an AC room with damp hair because there are high chances of catching a cold.