Monsoon is one season in India which most people look forward to. Monsoons brings a relief from the harsh summer heat and spread beauty in the air. But with the positives, come the negatives as well. From insect related diseases to food infections and from skin problems to viral fevers, monsoon comes with its share of health conditions. But thankfully, with a few health precautions, most of these diseases and ailments can be avoided. The following are some of the main health precautions to take during the onset of monsoons:

1. Drink a lot of water
The first and most important tip to follow during the onset of monsoons is to make it a point to drink a lot of water. During the rainy season, sweat doesn’t evaporate easily and quickly and thus the body is unable to release the heat. Drinking adequate amounts of water will help to avoid this and also flushes out toxins from the body, thus preventing many diseases.

2. Eat lots of fruits and fresh vegetables
Another health precaution to take during monsoons is to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables help us to meet the vitamin and mineral requirement and thus prevent us from suffering from various health ailments. It is important to wash the fruits and vegetables before consumption.

3. Stick to homemade food, avoid street foods
During the onset of monsoons as well as during the rainy season, it is very important to avoid street food as much as possible. Street foods are likely to contain bacteria during rainy season and can cause infections and diseases. Thus it’s best to avoid these foods and stick to homemade items which are free from any bacteria. Moreover street foods may be made using stale water which again is a reason for monsoon related health ailments.

4. Use mosquito repellents
In order to avoid insect related health conditions during monsoons, it is a good idea to use mosquito repellents, mosquito nets and creams etc. This will help you to prevent mosquito bites throughout the season. These products are easily available in general stores and can be bought at reasonable prices.

5. Wash your hands often
Our hands come in contact with various objects which can be laden with bacteria, dust and other harmful particles. During the monsoon season, keep in mind that washing hands regularly can help steer away from various infections and diseases. Thus wash your hands several times a day with soap and warm water.

6. Protect yourself from dirty water
Rain water can clog drains and create puddles. It is best to protect yourself from dirty water as it can cause various ailments like diarhhea, influenza and cholera etc. These water borne diseases can take a lot of time to treat. Remember to keep yourself covered with full sleeve clothes, rain boots, rain coats and others.

7. Drink herbal tea
Another way to prevent health diseases during monsoons is to drink herbal teas regularly. Herbal tea can help cure various ailments like coughs, cold and sore throats. You can add some delicious ingredients to such teas like ginger, cloves and basil etc as well. These ingredients not only add flavour but also curative properties.

8. Don’t touch your face
Our fingers and hands can contain bacteria during the rainy season and thus it is advisable to avoid touching your face to avoid the bacteria from coming in contact with your eyes, mouth and nose etc. Resist the urge to scratch your eyes or face and keep a clean napkin or handkerchief close to you.

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