The Nigerian rainy season comes as usual with a lot of inconveniences, from bad, flooded roads, and chilly weather to rising number of people with the flu. However, if there is nothing you can do about the flooded roads and the weather, there is something you can do about your personal health during this season. Here is a list of foods to avoid during this rainy season:
While vegetables have always been touted as healthy, we might need to be careful how we consume them in the rainy season. To avoid getting sick, needlessly this season, you should know these fact about vegetables: The grime and dampness present in them makes them highly susceptible to germs. So you will need to avoid vegetables like spinach, cabbage and cauliflower this season. Instead, buy vegetables that have a sharp taste or smell like scent leaf. Make sure all vegetables are thoroughly washed and cooked well.
2. Fruit and juice from roadside vendors
This looks like another tricky one. While fresh fruits are necessary for a healthy life, buying from roadside vendors is not a good choice. Especially in the dry season. Roadside vendors usually have the fruits cut up well in advance, which could have come in contact with contaminated air. Stick to fresh fruit juice prepared at home and consume it instantly. Even at home, make sure you don’t leave cut fruits out for very long. Any prolonged exposure to the air can cause contamination. Always cut it fresh and consume immediately.
3. Avoid seafood
The rainy season is usually the breeding season for fish and prawns so it is best to avoid seafood this time of the year, to avoid germs. If however you must consume seafood, make sure it is fresh and take extra care to cook properly.
4. Fried foods
Fries and fried foods should also be avoided this rainy season. This is because the rainy weather causes the digestion process for humans to slow down considerably. So stay away from fried foods, that could cause gastronomical complications like bloating and stomach upset. Extra salty food also causes water retention problems.
5. Fizzy drinks
Fizzy carbonated drink should be avoided. Dairy products should be consumed sparingly. All this is because the digestive system is more sensitive in the rainy season. Plenty of boiled clean water should be consumed instead. Keeping to these rules will help keep you and yours reasonably healthy in this season.