We’re all too happy to welcome the monsoons, which bring cooler temperatures and lower humidity, but are these hot, fried savory snacks — like samosas, bhajias, and vada — really good for your digestive system on a wet day? The monsoon season slows digestion and increases the risk of water-borne allergies and diseases.
This negatively affects gut health and can cause indigestion, bloating and diarrhea. In addition, according to research, the monsoons alter the gut microbiomes, exposing our bodies to more harmful bacteria while reducing the healthy bacteria. This imbalance, known as dysbiosis, can lead to several health problems.
To boost your gut health and enjoy the rain this monsoon free from infections and digestive issues, Avantii Deshpaende, a PCOS and GUT Health Nutritionist, shared 5 practical pieces of advice to remember:
1. Switch to plant-based drinks – Plant-based drinks based on soy and almonds are becoming increasingly popular as lactose-free alternatives. They have a balanced mix of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, are high in vitamins and minerals and are low in cholesterol. Especially during the monsoon season, hot drinks derived from plant-based drinks are easy to digest and help maintain the body’s hydration levels.
2. Add immune system boosters – When preparing meals, liquids or food, turmeric, black pepper, garlic and ginger should all be added as immune system boosters. They are known for their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Since Turmeric Latte boosts immunity, it can be consumed throughout the monsoon season. Choose a drink made from plants if animal milk makes you swell.
3. Eat Seasonal Meals – To maintain a healthy digestive system, seasonal foods should be eaten during the monsoon season. Eat vitamin C-rich fruits such as apples, pears, beets, cherries, pomegranates, lychees, and jamun. Smoothies made with plant-based drinks are a great way to meet your daily protein needs while enjoying seasonal fruits. It is also a fantastic choice for vegans.
4. Avoid foods that are hard to digest – Stay away from meals that take a long time to digest and have a negative effect on your digestion, such as meat, shellfish and fatty foods. For those with lactose intolerance, milk can also be challenging to digest. Then you can replace plant-based drinks with milk in regular tea or coffee, spaghetti sauces and milkshakes.
5. Eat a variety of raw and cooked meals – As dieticians, we recommend eating a healthy plate, with vegetables making up 50% of your meal. We have to eat a variety of raw and prepared foods during monsoon season. There are changes that overstimulate the digestive tract and cause flatulence if you eat only raw vegetables. It is recommended to eat more dals, especially moong or lentils, which are easier to digest, while beans and legumes can get heavy at times. The best choice for a protein source is a vegetable drink if you can’t swallow a single bean. Opting for homemade hot soups is also a great alternative to raw salads. As a substitute for raw salads, it is also a good choice to choose homemade hot soups. For a healthier alternative, try eating freshly cooked vegetables such as bitter gourd.
Make the most of the rainy days by making the most of the season.
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