Stomach infections during monsoons can be caused due to a number of bacteria such as E-coli, Salmonella, Shigella and H. Pylori. This is also the time when we crave for a lot of junk and street-side food. But lack of hygiene increases the risk of infections during this season. The key to preventing a number of stomach infections this monsoon is adopting a healthy lifestyle. Dr. SK Mundhra, HOD, internal medicine, Saroj Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi shares with us some tips which will help to prevent stomach infections this monsoon.
- Say no to street food – During monsoons, you should pay extra careful. No matter how tasty it seems, it can lead to stomach infections too easily. Food stalls follow unhygienic practices that lead to a greater risk of contamination and illness.
- Stay hydrated and drink boiled water – Contaminated water is the most common cause of stomach infections during monsoons. Thus, to decreases the chances of developing stomach infections, it is advisable to drink only boiled water. Carry a bottle with you each time you step out of home.
- Wash your hands with soap before eating – This may seem like a cliched advice, but the root cause of stomach ailments starts from not washing hands before having any meal. This habit will ensure that you can prevent and avoid most antibacterial infections.
- Avoid fatty, calorie-rich foods – Eat light and fresh meals. Add seasonal fruits and avoid cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower that are prone to be infected during this season. Meals that are too spicy and rich can also affect the digestive system and cause stomach infections. Avoid foods that are too acidic.
- Avoid raw foods – Except for fruits, restrict eating raw or undercooked food. Vegetables must be thoroughly washed and cooked well before consumption to free it from bacteria and germs.
- Avoid swimming – Most people are prone to various infections during monsoons including those of the skin or feet. If your immunity or resistance power is low then it suggested avoiding swimming during monsoon season. If you have just recovered from an illness, it is best to avoid swimming for some time.
- Home remedies: You can add ginger to your diet as it soothes the stomach and prevents infections. It also promotes better digestion. Have plain ginger tea or add it to your morning cup of tea. You can also drink warm water with honey, ginger and lime juice every morning for better abdominal health. Rice water is another preferred option during monsoons especially when you are suffering from a stomach infection.
With just a few good practices and a balanced and healthy lifestyle, you can prevent all the infections. Be extra cautious during monsoons about food hygiene at home and outside.