The rainy season may have its charms: the cool weather, the reason to wear jackets and the magnified pleasure of a cup of hot coffee, tea or a bowl of hot soup.
But it has dangers as well, primarily in the form of diseases and infectious bacteria and viruses that become active due to the high humidity brought about by repeated spells of rain.
Fortunately, there are simple precautions we can take to stay in peak health condition during this season.
- Wash your hands.
Bacteria and viruses come alive during the rainy season and you can come into contact with them just by crossing the road or holding on to an infected railing or bench.
Wash your hands as frequently as you can with soap and warm water to prevent the spread of the many air and water borne germs we witness during this season.
Also, keep a distance from people who are sick. If you have to shake hands, wash your hands using warm water and soap afterwards.
- Consume dairy, fruits high in antioxidants& foods rich in probiotics and vitamin D.
Milk, cheese and yogurt contain linoleic acid and probiotics, which can help to protect the body from infections. Foods with vitamin D also help boost immunity.
Also, Eat a lot more vegetables like ugwu, waterleaf and spinach for a `stronger immune system.
- Avoid touching your face.
The flu virus commonly enters our body through the eyes, nose and mouth.
Resist the urge to scratch your eye or wipe your sweaty forehead. Bring a clean napkin or handkerchief instead.
- Keep mosquitoes out.
The mosquito population grows during rainy season because stagnant water — their choice breeding ground — becomes more common.
To keep mosquitoes out of your life, do some housecleaning. Look through flower pots, fountains, ditches, nooks and crannies that may be holding stagnant water. Clean them out and cover them until the end of the season.
Slather mosquito repellent over your body, especially when you go outdoors.
If you can, wipe down the door handles and furniture with bleach or disinfectants as well.
- Drink herbal tea.
Herbal tea has curative properties for coughs, colds and sore throat — common ailments 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.
Warm drinks like tea and nutrient-packed juices can greatly help to prevent dehydration and reduce sore throat.