By Dr. Suresh Sisodia,
The rainy season is often greeted with enthusiasm, due to the relief it brings from India’s scorching summer. However, one should never overlook the dangers that the season could bring. According to many health experts, the monsoon season exposes us to waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, hepatitis, bacillary dysentery, typhoid fever, cholera, amoebic dysentery, and life-threatening infections such as dengue fever and malaria. From now on, it is essential to incorporate some precautionary measures in our daily lives to avoid contracting these diseases. In addition to this, integrating the necessary steps to boost immunity while navigating the seasonal transition is critical to minimizing the chance of developing these diseases.
Let’s take a look at some of the easy-to-implement yet effective precautionary measures that will save you from deadly waterborne diseases this monsoon:
A healthy lifestyle should include physical activity
Maintain a consistent routine of physical activity at home if access to a gym is impractical due to rain or if you have concerns due to the coronavirus. You don’t need to invest in heavy gym equipment to maintain a healthy exercise program, but you do need to stick to a routine for your body to get your heart rate up and build some extra strength. Some sets of push-ups, jumping jacks, planks, squats, and lunges are examples of powerful training activities that can be easily done from the comfort of your own home to improve physical strength. Yoga is also a good option because it is believed to help or lessen breathing difficulties. Regular exercise of the muscles and joints will keep the bones lubricated and healthy.
A clean environment is necessary
The rainy season contributes to the development of germs, which deteriorates the fundamental health and immunity of the human being. Additionally, the loss of rainfall through numerous locations makes surfaces ripe for fungal growth. There is substantial epidemiological evidence to suggest that occupants of wet or moldy homes are at increased risk of breathing difficulties, respiratory tract infections, and asthma exacerbation.
Not to mention, downpours increase the likelihood of mosquitoes breeding, which serve as a vector for life-threatening infections such as malaria, dengue fever, and chikungunya. Infectious diseases are becoming more common due to the rapid human ingestion of contaminated water or food made from such water. Drinking contaminated water daily can damage key organs such as the liver, kidneys, bladder, and lungs.
Rainwater ponding should be reduced to prevent mosquito breeding, especially around homes and offices. Alternatively, kerosene oil should be applied. During the monsoon season, staying properly dressed and applying mosquito repellant to exposed areas of the body is essential to avoid mosquito bites.
Water consumption from a reliable source:
The typical water faucet in our homes is not the best source for drinking. Water supply authorities practice the best purification methods, but water contamination occurs as it flows through the pipes. This occurs due to the long distance route before reaching our house or the additional load on the water treatment facilities. This is due to the high degree of contaminants in the water source during the rainy season.
As a result, the house’s tank water is contaminated with contaminants that a standard faucet filter cannot remove. While this water may be suitable for washing, laundry, or bathing, it is not suitable for drinking or cooking. Therefore, depending on the quality of the water, the water should be boiled or water purification equipment used before consumption. Also, because numerous contaminants build up in a water purifier’s filter over time, one should have their water purifier serviced regularly.
Boosting your immunity is the key
Needless to say, including nutritious foods in your regular diet is non-negotiable, which also helps boost overall immunity during a pandemic and rainy season. Examples of these include hot soups, probiotics, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, turmeric, garlic, ginger, citrus fruits, and other foods. Home cooked meals are not only necessary on the battlefields against covid; They are also highly recommended during the monsoon season. At the same time, fruits and vegetables must be fresh and rinsed with filtered water before cooking. Also, drink alkaline water instead of essential water because alkaline water has various antioxidant and immunity-boosting properties. It is incredibly good for general health.
Personal hygiene under control
Personal hygiene is paramount during the monsoon season. Wet and damp clothing and footwear can serve as a breeding environment for microorganisms. Therefore, it is essential to wear clean and dry clothing and footwear. Be sure to shower as soon as you get home, and it is advisable to add a few drops of antiseptic liquid to the water. Hands should be properly washed before and after eating, using the bathroom, cleaning, sneezing, coughing, petting, etc. Walking on dirty water in the streets should be avoided; if necessary, wash your feet. Keeping a safe distance from damp walls is also critical as they allow the entry of infection-causing microorganisms.
(The author is Senior Vice President, Havells India Ltd. Opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of FinancialExpress.com).