A change in seasons is always welcome. If we were in summer, monsoons are a great respite from the scorching and sweltering heat of the peak summer days. If we are transitioning to summer, it is a respite from the biting cold and haze of winters. On the way to winters, we are happy to head into a time without humidity. The point is that each season has its joys and woes. But what about the transition phase? What happens when the humidity increases rapidly? What happens when it gets irritably dry and hot all of a sudden? The human body can find it difficult to cope with the changing circumstances. It needs time to adjust. In the meantime, germs, virus and bacteria thrive in the humidity. The immune system is fighting and getting tired, so our bodies become susceptible to diseases and ailments. A family health insurance plan would come in handy to cover for yourself and your family against medical exigencies and deal with sudden illnesses without adversely affecting your finances too. Let’s have a look at these changes and how you can cope with them effectively:
Avoid eating street food. It can be tempting to indulge in pakoras and chaats from roadside vendors in the spirit of the monsoon but be careful as the lack of hygiene aggravates the presence of harmful bacteria, and your digestive system can fall prey to them easily. Instead, choose foods that boost your immunity: add a lot of green vegetables and other nutrient-rich foods. Avoid raw foods during monsoon though. Increase your intake of vitamin C; it is an instant immunity booster. Extend your hygiene practices beyond the actual eating. Wash your utensils as well as the foods before cooking them. Additionally, avoid the intake of complex nutrients that take longer to break down. Consumption during changing seasons could lead to infections. Same goes for seafood and fish – minimize your intake or only eat fresh fish if you can. These are all infections waiting to upset your digestive order.
Hydration is important and you should stick to your 8-10 glasses per day. Dry nasal passages and a dry throat are an invitation for bacteria to breed and wreak havoc. In winter, due to lower perspiration, you may end up not drinking the daily quota. Be cautious about this. Additionally, try to substitute your caffeine intake through coffee and soft drinks with herbal teas, juices and smoothies. Caffeine dehydrates your body.
Keep your house clean and intrusion-free. This means you should do everything you can to prevent mosquitoes, pests and insects from entering your home. Make sure no leakages or clogging occurs, and if needed, replace any rusted or broken drain pipes. Add a disinfectant to the bath water – this simple step can save you from millions of microorganisms. Dusting and wiping of all surfaces should be done regularly.
Irregular sleep is already an epidemic among the young working population, but sleeping well becomes especially important to maintain your immunity. Go to bed at the same time every day, restrict caffeine intake and give up all your electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime.
Regular exercise can build your stamina and boost your immunity. Even if the weather doesn’t allow you to go out for a jog, hit the gym or start yoga and freehand exercises at home. Prevention is the best cure, and yet despite a cautious lifestyle, you may end up sick. In such situations, you don’t want to be caught unawares with respect to health care costs.
It would knock you off your feet if you were to pay the medical expenses for even a basic hospitalization for the flu. Medical inflation in India has surpassed the overall inflation rate too, and reports state that it prices are rising at double the inflation rate. This is where health insurance plans prove to be useful. Choosing a good health plan helps protect you and your family from medical emergencies. If you buy the health insurance plan on Bajaj Markets, you also get access to 6000+ empaneled hospitals across India. Avail cashless facility and coverage for pre- and post-hospitalization, diagnostic and medical expenses.
Medical plans also provide a number of coverage options – organ donor expenses, reinstatement cover, homeopathic and ayurvedic hospitalization and covers you and your children/family (siblings, parents and parents-in-law). What are you waiting for? Buy a medical policy online for a hassle-free and an all-digital, cash-free experience. Also read in detail about the health insurance tax benefits you can avail with our varied health plans.
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