The rainy season is upon us in Pakistan and is here to stay till October. After the scorching summer, rain, unarguably, is a pleasant experience. From the steaming pakoras to playing in the rain, we all love it.
But staying safe and healthy when the clouds are falling all over you is not as easy as you think; many people unknowingly fall prey to health issues, skin issues, hair issues, traffic issues, and whatnot. We compiled a list of all your enemies this season so you know what to fight and how to!
WHAT TO PUT ON YOUR PLATE
Fruits including plums, mangoes and pears are seen commonly in monsoon season and rightly so, for plums contain antioxidants that prevent heart troubles and constipation. Pears work magic by boosting immunity potential of the body. Along with being a good source of fiber, the crunchy off white fruit contains a good quantity of copper, vitamin C, and vitamin B12.
Pear is a natural antipyretic agent as it helps in cooling the body and thereby easing fever. Mangoes are known to prevent a wide range of bacterial, fungal and microbial attacks on our skin, which is great for monsoon. It is advised to eat less chapatti as rainy season brings with it digestion issues.
While the pakoras and samosas and chutney are a must, don’t forget to add the much-loved ‘bhutta’ or smoked corn to the mix. The feel of eating a hot bhutta, flavored with the tangy sauce and lemon, in the rain is worth experiencing.
You can top it all off with a ginger tea, as it not only relieves stress but ginger, being rich is chromium, magnesium and zinc, is best to relieve nausea, improve stomach performance and blood circulation, and to strengthen immunity.
HOW TO DODGE THE GERMS
Whatever fruits and vegetables you eat, don’t forget to wash everything thoroughly before eating. Monsoon brings with it plenty of stagnant water, which is an excellent breeding place for germs that cause water-borne diseases like diarrhea, typhoid, viral fever, gastrointestinal infections, and dysentery.
The best way to dodge them is to shower daily, wash hands at regular intervals and stay away from stale foods. Avoid getting wet in the rain, unless you are sure you can take a shower right afterwards.
WHILE STEPPING OUT
Keep a mosquito repellent with you at all times, and always wear closed shoes on the days when rain is expected. As you come back home, make sure to let your feet breathe. Wearing closed footwear makes your feet sweat, which in turn will lead to fungal and bacterial infections.
And of course, whenever you step out of home, make sure to keep an umbrella with you. You can shop economical suitable-sized umbrellas at Miniso.
While monsoon calls for binging on fried snacks, keep in mind that they can cause break-outs and acnes. So don’t forget to drink lots of water, and wash your face at least two to three times a day to avoid excess oil and dirt, to avoid bacterial and fungal infections.
The humidity that the rains bring can dry your skin awfully. Use a nourishing moisturizer to make your skin moist, supple and healthy. Make sure when you go for a pedicure, the tools are sterilized. While most salons do maintain hygienic conditions, wet spells make it hard to do so. Check that all the tools are clean; if required, ask them to do so in front you.
Some favorite home-made face masks this season are:
- Mix fuller’s earth or multani mitti with rose water to make a smooth paste. Keep this paste in the fridge in an air-tight container and use a small portion of this mixture on the face two times a day.
- In a bowl, place a 1inch piece each of banana, apple, peach, 1 strawberry (or add any fruits of your choice) and 1 tsp honey. Now mash all these using a fork. Alternatively, you may blend these in a blender too. Apply this thick paste onto your face, let sit for some time and wash off to get glowing skin.
- Mix besan, turmeric, lemon and rose water and make a paste. Apply this pack on your face and wash off after 15-20 minutes. It will impart a natural glow to your face.
While shampooing and conditioning your hair twice a week will suffice during any other season you might want to do so more frequently during the monsoons.
This is because the humidity that is pervasive during the wet spell makes you sweat; and sweat makes it easy for grime and germs to latch on to your skin. Your hair may feel dirty, greasy and oily.
Whatever you do this monsoon; don’t forget to relish all the coolness of the rain after the hot summer spells. After the searing weather, these rains surely seem like a gift for our patience!