It’s fascinating to wake up to an unexpected rainy day, when it seems like finally, God heard the prayers after a sweltering summer! The sheer delight of sitting in the veranda happily watching the rain pouring down getting relief from the scorching summer heat while eating those piping hot samosas and homemade pakoras with a cup of steaming tea or a plate of sizzling noodles makes it more enjoyable.
The arrival of the Monsoon season always brings a feeling of nostalgia and excitement in our hearts.
But with the admirable beauty of rain comes increased chances of cold, cough, stomach infection, throat infection, fever, digestive issues, and whatnot. Hence, instead of running directly to the doctor and freak out, it is the time to keep the body disease-resistant by boosting the immunity also taking precautions against these diseases.
Here are some ways to boost immunity during this season
1. Hydrate Yourself: Drink plenty of water and water-based drinks such as green tea or herbal tea during monsoon season because the increased humidity makes us sweat more and leaves our bodies dehydrated, also there will be more chance to attract any sort of disease. Prefer hot or warm water instead of cold water for further improved benefits.
2. Add Lemon and Honey: To further boost the metabolic rate and immunity, add lemon juice and honey as they guard in the digestion process and help the intestines carry out their functions easily, properly and effectively.
3. Switch to Light and Healthy Cooking Oils: As much as you love eating samosas and pakoras during monsoons, avoid them or other deep-fried foods as much as you can because they make one feel heavy with a slow metabolic rate, and are difficult to digest. If you still want to indulge in a few munchies of this season, use lighter oils such as Olive oil or Corn oil instead of heavy cooking oils such as Mustard or Sesame oil.
4. Green Leafy Vegetables: Leafy greens like cabbage, spinach, and broccoli are good sources of vitamins A, C and E, as well as fiber. These vitamins also have an antioxidant action that helps in cell function and development. Include them in a soup or mix up a good salad with a lip-smacking and delectable  dressing to keep you on the go!!!
5. Hot Soups: A bowl of hot is the perfect quick fix for rainy days when you decide to eat or drink something hot. Not only it is good for hydration but boosts health. Moreover, the flavorful notes of garlic, onions, and ginger make it a delightful dish to beat common cold and flu during monsoon. Hot soups help to de-clog the nasal passages by increasing the temperature of the airways. It also promotes increased secretions that aid in getting rid of bacteria and viruses from the body while the spices in it have an anti-inflammatory effect against colds, flu and even helps suppress coughing, pain, and fever.
6. Increase Fiber Intake: Increase consumption of fibrous grains such as brown rice, oats, and barley that are light and easy to absorb by the body and are also rich in fiber content. It cleanses the stomach and intestines from bacterial infections and diseases. Avoid watery cereals such as curried rice which causes bloating during Monsoon season.
7. Use Natural Immunity Boosters: Take a herb from your grandmother’s remedy book…literally!!! Herbs such as neem, tulsi, turmeric powder, azwain, methi seeds, and many others boost metabolic rate and are natural antibiotics that are great at increasing immunity and digestion.

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