The first shower and the smell of the wet mud give us an ecstatic feeling. But while we welcome the rains, we should not ignore the unwanted health hazards that it brings along with it especially in the elderly. Our body is more susceptible to health issues in rainy season, because monsoon reduces our body’s immunity power. Our body gets more affected with allergies, infections (skin, respiratory & abdominal) and indigestion problems during this time. We can get rid of such illnesses during the rainy seasons if we can take some preventive measures and maintain a healthy regime.

Keep yourself healthy in monsoon

  • Eat fruits like apples, pomegranates, lime fruits, bananas etc. which can keep your body strong.
  • Drink lots of water and fresh fruit juices to keep yourself hydrated. Boil your drinking water before consuming it. Drink only boiled and purified water to protect you from harmful water germs. Boil water with dry ginger to get immediate relief if you are having a cold and cough.
  • Consuming bitter vegetables like bitter gourd and herbs like neem help in preventing infections.
  • Consume herbal tea at regular intervals as it has anti-bacterial properties. Teas like green tea are healthy as they build up your resistance to fight against infections.
  • Wheat, barley, horse gram, peas and green leafy vegetables should be consumed during the monsoons to stay healthy as they are nutritious.
  • To increase your immunity, add garlic in your diet, especially in soups.
  • Opt for yogurt, curd and almonds in your diet instead of milk.
  • Non- vegetarians should go for light meat preparations like stew and soups for better gut health.
  • Eat steamed salads instead of raw vegetables as they contain active bacteria which cause throat or abdominal infection.
  • Avoid eating fried items, pre-cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors and stick to high quality & hygiene.
  • In case, you get any skin infections or allergies, boil neem leaves in water and take a bath with it.

If you wish to discuss a particular case or have a question in this regard, please call Dr. Sumana Roy at +91 99800 67000 or +91 80 2258 6700 or drop a note to her at We will be happy to help!