Everybody loves the rainy season, but can we deal with what comes with it?
The dry season comes with a lot of heat that makes us uncomfortable, especially when electricity isn’t constant at home. It also affects crop yield and causes skin irritations like rashes. So, we definitely need a break from it.
The rainy season provides relief from the scorching heat of the dry season. Crop yields are higher, air quality is better, and freshwater quality is better. But, this season also has its downsides, messy roads, floods, and increased risk of diseases. The heavy rains and strong winds spread infectious diseases such as fever, stomach infections, and cold faster. Cholera, typhoid, and diarrhoea are also prevalent due to poor quality of water and increased rate of bacteria.
Here are some tips to help you stay fit during this season:
- Maintain good hygiene: During the rainy season, there is a higher chance of developing cholera, typhoid, or skin irritations due to the increased rate of bacteria in the water. Remember to bathe with disinfectants, consume adequately cooked food, and drink clean water.
- Wear appropriate clothing: The most effective way not to get sick during the rainy season is to wear the type of clothing that suits the weather, clothes that keep you warm. Also, get a handy umbrella or raincoat and waterproof shoes.
- Take more fruits and vegetables: Vegetables, oranges, and other citrus fruits contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant that keeps the body strong and helps to fight cold. Fruits and vegetables also aid in the maintenance of blood vessels and prevent diseases.
- Warm up with hot drinks: Taking hot tea, coffee, or ginger tea is a way to keep the body warm. You can also consider a hot pepper soup garnished with herbs and other healthy spices that cleanses the system and helps to deal with infections that come with the weather.
- Avoid anything that might cause cold: Rainy season leaves the atmosphere cold, so exposing yourself to anything that won’t keep you warm can cause flu. Avoid wearing damp clothes or leaving your hair wet. For those who spend most of their time in air-conditioned environments, you may want to regulate how often you turn on the AC.
- Exercise regularly: The benefits of exercise go beyond promoting weight loss and staying fit. It increases your heart rate and improves blood circulation, which strengthens your immune system.
- Do not store stagnant water: Mosquito breeding is one of the most common problems during the rainy season. Ensure that there is no open water storage in your home and clean the gutters regularly. Mosquitoes are born in stagnant water, so eliminating sources of stagnant water will be very helpful.
The rainy season can be harmful to our health, even though it provides a welcome relief from the heat. Follow these simple measures and enjoy the season worry-free.