from dr Suresh Sisodia,
The rainy season is often welcomed with zeal as it offers relief from India’s hot summers. However, one must never overlook the dangers that the season could bring. According to many health experts, the monsoon season exposes us to waterborne diseases like diarrhea, hepatitis, bacillary dysentery, typhoid, cholera, amoebic dysentery, and potentially deadly infections like dengue and malaria. From now on, it is important to incorporate some precautions into our daily lives to avoid contracting these diseases. Additionally, integrating the necessary steps to boost immunity while managing the seasonal transition is critical to minimizing the likelihood of developing these diseases.
Let’s take a look at some of the easy-to-implement yet effective precautions that will save you from the deadly waterborne diseases this monsoon:
A healthy lifestyle should include physical activity
Maintain a consistent physical activity routine at home if access to a gym is impractical due to rainfall or if you are hesitant because of the coronavirus. It is not necessary to invest in heavy gym equipment to maintain a healthy exercise regime, but it is necessary to maintain a routine for the body to increase heart rate and build additional strength. A few sets of push-ups, jumping jacks, planks, squats, and lunges are examples of powerful workout activities that can be done in the comfort of your home to increase physical strength. Yoga is also a good option as it is believed to help or ease breathing difficulties. Regular exercise of muscles and joints keeps bones lubricated and healthy.
A clean environment is necessary
The rainy season contributes to the development of germs that affect basic human health and immunity. In addition, the loss of precipitation in numerous places makes the surfaces conducive to fungal development. There is ample epidemiological evidence that occupants of damp or moldy homes are at higher risk of respiratory distress, respiratory infections and asthma exacerbations.
Not to mention, downpours increase the likelihood of mosquito breeding, which serves as a vector for life-threatening infections like malaria, dengue, and chikungunya. Infectious diseases are becoming more prevalent due to rapid human ingestion of contaminated water or food made with such water. Drinking contaminated water every day can damage important organs such as the liver, kidneys, bladder and lungs.
Rainwater puddling should be reduced to prevent mosquitoes from reproducing, especially near homes and offices. Alternatively, kerosene oil should be used. During the monsoon season, staying properly dressed and applying mosquito repellent to exposed areas of the body is important to avoid mosquito bites.
Water consumption from a trusted source:
The typical faucet in our homes is not the best source for drinking. Water supply authorities practice the best cleaning practices, yet water contamination occurs as it flows down pipelines. This happens because of the long distance to our house or the additional load of water treatment plants. The reason for this is the high level of pollutants in the spring water during the rainy season.
As a result, the water in the house tank is contaminated with pollutants that a conventional faucet filter cannot remove. While this water may be suitable for washing, washing, or bathing, it is not suitable for drinking or cooking. Therefore, depending on the water quality, you should either boil the water or use water purification equipment before consumption. In addition, since numerous pollutants accumulate in the filter of a water conditioner over time, it is necessary to have your water conditioner serviced regularly.
Boosting your immunity is key
It goes without saying that including nutritious foods in your regular diet is non-negotiable, which also helps boost overall immunity during pandemic and rainy seasons. Examples include hot soups, probiotics, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, turmeric, garlic, ginger, citrus fruits, and other meals. Homemade meals are not only required at the site of the Covid fights; They are also highly recommended during the monsoon season. At the same time, fruits and vegetables should be fresh and rinsed with filtered water before cooking. Also, drink alkaline water instead of essential water as alkaline water has several immunity-boosting and antioxidant properties. It’s incredibly good for overall health.
Personal hygiene under control
Personal hygiene is of paramount importance during the monsoon season. Wet, damp clothing and shoes can serve as a breeding ground for microorganisms. Therefore, it is important to wear clean, dry clothing and shoes. One should make sure to take a shower as soon as one gets home, and it is recommended to add a few drops of an antiseptic liquid to the water. Hands should be washed thoroughly before and after eating, using the toilet, cleaning, sneezing, coughing, petting, etc. Walking in dirty water on the streets should be avoided; If you must, wash your feet. A safe distance from damp walls is also important as they allow infection-causing microorganisms.
(The author is Senior Vice President, Havells India Ltd. The views expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policies of FinancialExpress.com.)