Seeing the first drops of rain after months of dry season is a welcome sight indeed. And when the weather finally ushers in the rainy season, the cool temperature that it brings make it easier for us to do our tasks with minimal effort. But then, the sudden change in the weather can also leave us prone to cold and cough which can be bothersome too.
Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken for you to stay healthy even the weather is starting to become wetter. If you want to protect yourself against the common cold, try these tips out.
Stick to a healthy diet
The rainy season is actually the time when the body becomes at risk of infections since most diseases tend to be water-borne. That said, it would help if you are careful with the water that you are drinking and load up on vitamin-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. Again, make sure that you wash your food thoroughly to avoid ingesting bacteria.
Invest in insect repellent
With the rain coming constantly, the number of mosquitos tend to thrive as well which can put you at risk of malaria. If you are heading out, or even just hanging out in your backyard, make sure that you wear some insect repellent to keep mosquitos at bay. This way, you are reducing your risk of acquiring diseases.
Don’t walk in the rain
Although some people love walking in the rain, your after-care routine matters a lot. Take a bath as soon as you get home and make sure that you dry yourself properly. This can help remove any bacteria or germs that you have picked up along the way. If your feet become wet, dry your feet as soon as possible. Never stay in wet socks for long as they make your feet prone to bacterial infection and chafing too. It is always a good idea to have an extra set of clothes in your locker room at school or at the office even especially when it’s rainy season so you will always have spare clothes to wear if you get wet.
Choose dry fruit
Watery fruits like watermelon are perfect for the summer, but when the weather is cold, switch to dry fruits instead. Fruits that are dry can also contain plenty of nutrients that can improve your immune system.
Take a bath twice a day
Like it was mentioned before, when you are out in the rain and got wet, it would be a good idea to take a bath when you get home to remove any dirt and sweat that got clogged in your pores. This will help protect you from infections as well which can help keep you healthy even when the weather has changed.
Regardless of the level of activity that you do in a day, make it a point to drink water regularly. Not only does water help you stay hydrated and energized, it will also protect you from various ailments because you are flushing out the toxins before they even have a chance to do damage in your system. And it’s not just water that you can drink but other beverages too like tea because they contain antibacterial properties.
The rainy season may help alleviate the sweltering heat of summer, but it also leaves us prone to illnesses like cough and cold. That said, following the tips mentioned above on how you can stay healthy even when the rainy season starts can help keep the common ailments at bay.