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Blog > Seven Commandments To A Healthy You This Monsoon

Monsoon is here and how! The rainy season is a feast for the senses. The cool breeze brushing against your skin, the musical pitter-patter of raindrops and the sight of lush green trees waving and rejoicing in the rain. But in this beautiful scenario, what remains unseen are the innumerable bacteria, fungi and viruses out on the prowl, rubbing their metaphorical hands, as they wait for their next victim. Health issues ranging from the common cold to dengue are widely prevalent in monsoon.
Stay Health This Monsoon

Stagnant water, temperature fluctuations and humidity are conducive to creating a haven for disease-causing organisms. Our digestive system; a vital part of our immune system, becomes weak leading to low metabolism which, in turn, can lead to bloating, constipation and digestive distress. More serious ailments like cholera, malaria, dengue and leptospirosis are among the season’s most common health issues.
Does this mean you should lock yourself in a room, smeared from head to toe with mosquito repellents and drowning in a pool of hand sanitisers? Although that might make for a picture-perfect scenario (the kind where the picture is perfect to be shared far and wide), following some easy tips can help you enjoy this season without a hitch.

Seven strategies to avoid health problems this monsoon

1. Steer clear of bloodsuckers...and mosquitoes
More harmful than the pestering colleague who keeps trying to make small talk as you are working on an important presentation are dengue or malaria-infected mosquitoes buzzing around you. (Sorry for the comparison if you relate more with the pestering colleague than with the victim). Avoid waterlogged streets, change the water in your indoor vases and coolers frequently and make extensive use of mosquito killing machines & mosquito repellent creams and sprays. Do not allow water to stagnate anywhere in your house or society.
2. Make a splash, but not in those dirty rain puddles 
If you really can’t make do without splashing in water when it’s pouring cats and dogs outside, we’d suggest you fill a tub at home with some water and splash away. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can be caused by wading through contaminated water. The urine of infected animals mixes with the water and the bacteria can get through breaks in your skin or mucous membranes.
3. Buy a pair of blinkers and a nose clip for when you pass by street food stalls 
It can be tempting to indulge in some desi chowmein at a roadside Chinese stall or indulge in heavily fried food as you enjoy the rain. The hygiene of such places is generall
y compromised throughout the year but the food and juices at such roadside food stalls are more likely to be contaminated with disease-causing organisms thriving in the humid monsoon air.
4. Insure yourself for rainy days 
We can’t predict the future. But we can predict possibilities. Buy an ailment-specific health insurance plan, such as the Dengue Care Plan, to cover your diagnostic, consultation and hospitalisation costs. With a reasonable premium of Rs.1.4 and Rs.1.82 a day for an annual sum insured of Rs. 50,000 and Rs.1,00,000 respectively and outpatient treatment reimbursement benefit of up to Rs.10,000, over and above the sum insured, this is your best bet against an unpredictable future.
5. (Healthy) Food is the best medicine
Eat Healthy
Laugh your way to the ‘Smart and Healthy People Club’ (no copyrights) by consuming immunity-boosting food. Ward off respiratory allergies, viral fevers, cough and cold by consuming tulsi leaves. Pluck a handful of tulsi leaves, wash them and boil them in a pot of water. Strain the water if you’d like and drink this water throughout the day. Alternatively, put some tulsi leaves in your salad, chew them along with some sugar or jaggery or buy tulsi capsules.
Other immunity-boosting foods that can help you steer clear of health issues this monsoon include Vitamin-C containing food items such as green, leafy vegetables, tomato, guava, kiwi and papaya. Spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon can also keep illnesses away.
6. Bask in the drizzle...of compliments by exercising regularly 
A healthy amount of physical exercise can boost your immunity. Exercising aids more effective blood circulation, thus allowing components of your immune system to travel more freely inside your body. The temporary spike in your body temperature after exercising can act like a fever, destroying harmful germs lodged within the body.
7. Don’t burn your bridges...become one! 
Several yoga asanas are known to boost immunity and defend oneself against a host of monsoon ailments.
- The Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana) 
This asana stimulates the thymus gland that produces T-cells, an essential type of white blood cells.
To do this asana, lie on your back with your knees folded and your feet flat on the floor. Slowly lift your back, until your chest touches your chin and your thighs are almost parallel to the floor. You’ll be able to feel your bottom contract as you do so. You could support yourself by pushing downwards on the floor with your palms or by holding your back.
Hold the pose for a couple of minutes and gently return to the original position while you exhale. People with neck and back injuries should avoid doing this asana.
- The Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) 
No, you need not dance to a snake-charmer’s tunes. All you need to do is, lie down on your stomach with your legs together and your forehead resting on the yoga mat. Keep your hands, palms downwards, on the floor beside your shoulders and gently lift your head, chest and abdomen, ensuring that your navel keeps in contact with the ground. Keep your shoulders straight and stretch back as much as you comfortably can.
This asana has certain contraindications so kindly refer to a yoga practitioner before attempting the asana.
On the one hand, monsoon brings with it beauty and gaiety, while on the other hand, it exposes you to dreadful health concerns. Apart from boosting your immunity and staying cautious, buying an ailment-specific health insurance plan such as our Dengue Care Plan, can go a long way in ensuring that you zip through the road to recovery without needing to wrestle with barricades made up of startling costs and financial shortfall. After all, despite taking the best of precautions, dengue can be found anywhere. At the same time, exclusive dengue insurance can be found here to scaffold your finances and aid your recovery.
Here’s wishing you a cheerful monsoon! Be cautious, stay healthy.

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