Come monsoon and the smiles soften, the soil settles and the clouds become unpredictable! But along with the rains come multiple infections and stomach problems – the digestion gets sluggish, the body begins to bloat and lethargy is rampant. Here’s how to keep yourself healthy and happy during this difficult season.

Eat smart: Switch to foods with low water content like besan and bhutta to avoid water retention. Also, stick to easy-to-digest foods (read: no fried foods) as the body’s digestion capability is compromised during the rains due to high humidity.

Boost your immunity: Expect infections to be at an all-time high and immunity to be at an all-time low. So, deliberately include foods like garlic, onions, haldi and methi seeds in your daily diet.

Corner some corn: Since digestion gets sluggish, it helps to stick to high-fibre foods like corn kernels and corn atta. These are loaded with both soluble and insoluble fibre.

Bet on bitter gourd: This humble gourd’s blood-purifying properties will help keep infections at bay. Plus, it’s a good digestive agent as it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices and keeps digestion humming along and constipation – a common problem during the rains – away.

Relish raw mangoes: Loaded with pectin, these keep insulin in check which helps bust monsoon-induced lethargy decisively. Raw mangoes help prevent and treat gastro-intestinal disorders like diarrhoea, dysentery, piles, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation too, all of which are rampant during monsoons.

­Kavita Devgan is a Delhi-based nutritionist, Weight Management Consultant and author of Ultimate Grandmother Hacks and Don’t Diet! 50 Habits of thin people

From HT Brunch