Expert-reviewed by Ashwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience
Monsoons are probably the most controversial season in India. While some are fans of the joys it brings, others can’t help but be bothered by the disruption it causes. Whichever camp you might belong to, you cannot avoid the changes that it brings. This is where a little bit of preparation comes in handy.
The season brings along some much-awaited relief from the harsh summer heat, along with the need to take a little extra care of yourself. Some basic precautions can help you make happy memories during monsoons, especially if you are living with diabetes.
To make it easier for you, our Diabetes Care Expert Vrutuja Mone has handpicked these tips and tricks which will ensure that you have a healthy and happy monsoon.
Every kind of advice regarding diabetes revolves around dietary habits. Since diet comprises an important part of your health, here are a few things you should remember this monsoon:
- Avoid eating outside:
While it is always healthier to eat home-cooked food, it is especially recommended during monsoons. This way, you can be sure of the hygiene, quality and the nutritional value of your food. In fact, sticking to home-cooked food cuts down your risk of contracting any infections or diseases. So as much as possible, avoid eating outside.
- Eat cooked food:
Stick to food which has been thoroughly cleaned and cooked. If you are looking to eat a fruit or a raw veggie salad, make sure you are preparing it at home, where you can ensure that everything going onto your plate has been well cleaned.
- Stick to light food and avoid temptation:
Our digestive system is weaker during monsoons, making our bodies susceptible to infections. It is best to avoid food that is heavier and instead have a fulfilling meal that is easier to digest. Ditch the fried, oily snacks and go for homemade soups or boiled vegetables.
- Boiled water:
Monsoons bring along the risk of several water-borne diseases. It is best to boil and filter your drinking water and store it in a hygienic place for further consumption. Also, try to use filtered water for cooking your food.
- Drink enough water:
With the temperatures dropping as compared to summer, we don’t find ourselves getting thirsty as often and can easily forget to drink water. However, this could lead to dehydration, urinary infections and constipation. For the best maintenance of your overall health, make sure you drink enough water. 10-14 glasses in a day is recommended. Set reminders for it if necessary.
- Drinking other beverages:
While it is easy to sip coffee or cola instead of drinking your stipulated intake of water, you are better off avoiding them. These beverages do nothing to fulfill your hydration requirement. Moreover, they can hurt your sugar levels. It is best to avoid carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages. Go for sugarless green or black teas.
- Avoiding infections:
Humidity and wet skin make you prone to skin diseases, bacterial growth, fungal infection, etc. Throughout the season, it is important you take utmost care of your skin. Clean your skin at least twice a day to wash off any dirt, impurities, etc. that could lead to such conditions. Soap and water can get the job done. You can also add some liquid Dettol to your bathing water as a further precaution.
- Sun protection:
Even during monsoons, the UV rays of the sun can harm your skin. Do not forget to include sunscreen in your routine. Choose one with SPF 15 or more. Also, avoid oil-based products as they tend to clog your pores.
Footcare has to be a year-long routine for people with diabetes. It is the one body part that is most susceptible to infections, where even the slightest wound could fester into something unmanageable. The situation gets even trickier in the monsoon. The following basic advice should keep your feet happy through the season.
Make sure it is of a comfortable material which doesn’t bite you. Even the smallest open wounds are sites for further infections. Also, opt for an open pair which doesn’t trap any water or keep your feet moist. If you’re looking for the perfect footwear, start with these diabetes care socks.
While you don’t have to show off a pair of pedicured feet, some basic personal grooming and care goes a long way. To start with, trim and clean your nails regularly as it keeps dirt from accumulating under your nails.
This should form an important part of your daily routine during the rains. The outdoors could leave some unwanted bacteria and dirt on your feet, which you need to get rid of as soon as possible. Be sure to thoroughly clean your feet at least twice a day with soap and water, to keep infections at bay. Once cleaned, ensure that you dry them properly. Furthermore, it is also advisable to sprinkle some anti-fungal powder or cornstarch, especially on the places between your toes or other body areas where you sweat most.
Monsoons bring a refreshing and mostly welcome change to the weather, and you should be able to enjoy it. To have the best possible experience, it is also important to take the best possible care of yourself. Have a happy monsoon!