By Health In Five Writer
Monsoon is often pleasing! But it also brings along a host of diseases, infections, and allergies. The digestive system is attacked during the rainy season and gastric problems such as acidity, bloating, indigestion, gastroenteritis, ulcers and gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) are some of the common problems that people encounter. It is the need of the hour to stick to a well-balanced diet, exercise daily, avoid junk, spicy and oily food, and drink boiled water.
Monsoon is synonymous with gastric problems. The digestive system and immunity take a major hit during these moist months. “We have always seen surge of patients with stomach, intestine and liver infections during rainy season. Patients have suddenly increased due to infections through food and water”, says Dr. Keyur Sheth, Gastroenterologist, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Mumbai.
Adds Dr Roy Patankar, Director and Gastroenterologist, Zen
Globally, Infectious GI Disease and dehydration remain leading causes of mortality, responsible for an estimated 4,50,000 annual Deaths. “More than 1000 patients come to the hospital every month for treatment of gastric problems. Eating heavy foods can slow down the digestion process inviting problems like bloating, gas, acidity, and indigestion. Eating chat or having juice from the streets can lead to a stomach infection as the water used to prepare it may contain bacteria. Even drinking water from other sources apart from the sealed bottles and water purifiers will make you fall sick and you may suffer from diarrhoea. Avoid fizzy drinks as they reduce enzyme activity and lead to mineral loss by weakening the digestive system”, says Dr. Sheth
He further elaborates that one should “avoid eating seafood as the water gets contaminated during monsoon and eating fish can cause cholera or diarrhoea. Do not eat cut fruits from the roadside as they can be contaminated with bacteria. Avoid green leafy vegetables as they will be loaded with germs, eat in moderation, opt for lighter foods that are gut-friendly and can be easily digested. Include ginger and lemon in the diet to enhance digestion and immunity.”
“Eat a lot of probiotics like yogurt or buttermilk as they contain good bacteria that act on our digestive system and support the immune system. Drink a lot of water to flush out toxins from the body and improve digestion. Eat steamed or boiled vegetables instead of the raw ones as the latter ones will be jam-packed with bacteria and viruses making it worse for your gut. Do not eat refined sugar as it may cause inflammation and upset the gut flora balance, say NO to fried and oily foods that cause, acidity and bloating. Do not lie immediately after eating food as you may suffer from acidity, too much stress is bad for your digestive system so stay stress-free and exercise at home on a daily basis”, concludes Dr Patankar.