Tips to beat the season blues!

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Dr. Hemantkumar S. Pandya
Principal, Rameshwar High School, Ahmedabad

Change of season brings many illnesses but there is no need to be afraid of these ailments as you may keep yourself away from these demonic diseases simply by taking some precautionary measures. So, be fit but not fat to save yourself from the pain of these ailments.

Seasons are actually our uninvited guests which come every year with bouquet of joy and thorns of pain. Cool season of winter, tropical season of summer, temperate climate of spring and autumn arrive every year. Rainy season comes to slake the thirst of earth. Fruit-bearing trees, blossoming flowers and sweet smell of earth bring joy and happiness without a shadow of doubt.

Sometimes illness comes with change of season. Needless to say, winter arrives with fragrant cool breeze but it also brings for us the rough lips, cracked heels and dry skin which need extra moisturiser to keep them soft. Summer comes with sweat and restlessness.

But, there is no need to be afraid of these ailments because you may keep yourself away from these demonic diseases simply by taking some precautionary measures.

Be fit not fat: Be fit but not fat to save yourself from the pain of these ailments. Keep a safe distance with diseases and do not keep chink in your armour by maintaining the dietetic discipline.

Nutrition goes a long way: It is very much advisable to have a moderate diet of nutritional food which works as a shield and do not allow the illness to enter the body.

Junk the junk food: Don’t allow your children to eat junk and packaged food. These items are palatable and mouth-watering but weaken the resistance of the body. On the contrary, fresh food, milk with honey, milk with almond, cheese, green vegetables especially spinach, beans, cauliflower, fruits like apple, orange, grapes, pineapple, muskmelon, watermelon, papaya, banana, strawberry, custard apple etc are good for health. Nutritious food enhances the resistance of body to fight with diseases and it curtails the length of sickness. Fresh vegetable juices are good to maintain your strength of body.

Maintain health & hygiene: Health and hygiene works a lot to maintain the pink of health. Try to inculcate the importance of health and hygiene in the mind of your children. Ask them to cover their nose and mouth while sneezing. Innocent children have placid disposition and they do not know what’s good for them, so don’t wrinkle your brows when they do not follow the standards of sanitation but tell them politely to keep their fingers away from the habitual practice of touching nose or mouth.

Prevention is better than cure: When the season of sickness is in the air, take special care of your children by implementing the preventive measures. A bit of prevention works a lot. So flex your muscles, do some exercise and meditation to keep yourself strong and sturdy.

What to eat? Appetite-boosting food is pure and fresh enough to be digested easily. Those food items which produce enzymes and helpful in metabolic function are good to eat. Enzymes act as catalyst to digest the food easily. Green vegetables like spinach, radish etc, seasonal fruits like apple, orange, pineapple, custard apple etc and dry fruits like almonds, dates etc are good to eat especially in winter season. Dairy products, cereals, food enriched with fat are good to maintain the health in winter season. Fruit juices, green beans, maize products etc enhance our energy and vigour. Spices like asafoetida, black pepper, mustard, cardamom, clove etc keep the body warm in winter season. Leaves of holy basil are fragrant and apt to save you from cold and cough.

Sleep early, get up early: As per the proverb, early to bed and early to rise keeps a man healthy and wise. So avoid night vigil, keep standard schedule of eating and avoid excessive stress.

By following the above-mentioned discipline in life, the seasons of winter, summer and other seasons will surely be friendly with you. If any illness comes by chance then don’t get frustrated. Contact your family doctor to eradicate the disease as soon as possible.