Holistic Health During the Rainy Season

Holistic Health During the Rainy Season

As we welcome the month of June we also recognise that we are in the heart of the rainy season in Accra. These cooler temperatures and frequent rains even though they are often a nuisance, can bring a refreshing change, providing an excellent opportunity to revamp our wellness routines.

This month, we will explore various ways to enhance your well-being through nutrition, fitness, mental wellness, and more, all tailored to this rainy season in Ghana.

Seasonal Nutrition: The Different Flavours The Rains Bring.

Eating local and seasonal produce not only supports our local farmers but also gives you the freshest and most nutrient-dense options for your diet.

Rainy Season Superfoods:

- Plantains: Rich in fibre and vitamins, plantains are a staple in Ghanaian cuisine. Enjoy them boiled, grilled, or fried.

- Cocoyam: This versatile root vegetable is packed with nutrients and can be used with soups and stews.

- Green Leafy Vegetables: Greens like kontomire (cocoyam leaves) are abundant and rich in iron and vitamins. They are perfect for soups and stews.

-Avocados: High in healthy fats and vitamins, avocados are great for heart health and can be added to various dishes.

-Pawpaw (Papaya): Rich in vitamins C and A, pawpaw is excellent for digestion and immune support.

-Ginger: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is perfect for teas and adding a zesty flavor to meals.

-Yam: A nutrient-dense root vegetable that provides a good source of energy and can be used in a variety of dishes.


Simple Rainy Season Recipes:

- Plantain and Bean Stew (Red, Red): Combine boiled plantains with a hearty bean stew for a nutritious and one of Ghana's favourite meals.

- Nkontomire Stew: Prepare a traditional nkontomire stew with tomatoes, onions, and spices, served with boiled yams, plantain or rice.

- Avocado Salad: Mix sliced avocados with tomatoes, onions, and a light lemon dressing for a refreshing side dish.

-Pawpaw Smoothie: Blend pawpaw with banana, a splash of orange juice, and a touch of ginger for a refreshing and immune-boosting drink.

-Ginger Tea: Boil fresh ginger slices in water, add lemon and honey, and enjoy a warm, soothing tea that boosts your immune system.


Indoor Fitness: Staying Active Despite the Rain

The rainy season can make outdoor workouts challenging, but there are plenty of ways to stay active indoors.

Indoor Activities:

- Home Workouts: Utilise online fitness classes, apps or YouTube exercise videos to follow workout routines at home. Focus on bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, and push-ups.

- Dance Workouts: Turn on some music and dance! It's a fun and effective way to get your heart rate up.

- Yoga and Stretching: Practicing yoga and stretching indoors can help maintain flexibility and reduce stress.

Fitness Tips:

- Consistency: Stick to a regular workout schedule, even if it's indoors.

- Space: Clear a small area in your home to create a dedicated workout space.

- Equipment: Use household items like water bottles or cans as weights if you don't have gym equipment.


Mental Wellness: Embrace the Calming Rain

The sound of rain can be incredibly soothing, offering a perfect backdrop for mental wellness practices.

Mindfulness Exercises:

- Rain Meditation: Sit by a window and focus on the sound of the rain. Use this time for deep breathing and relaxation.

- Journaling: Reflect on your thoughts and feelings by writing in a journal. The rainy season is a great time for introspection.

- Reading: Curl up with a good book! Read self-improvement books or fictional books which transport your imagination.


Boost Your Immune System

The rainy season can bring an increased risk of colds and infections, making it important to keep your immune system strong.

Immune-Boosting Habits:

- Vitamin C: Incorporate vitamin C-rich foods like oranges, pineapples, bell peppers and baobab into your diet to support your immune system.

- Herbal Teas: There are a combination of herbal teas which helps boost your immune system. A simple one is ginger, lemon, and honey tea which soothes your throat and boosts your immunity.

- Adequate Sleep: Ensure you get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to help your body rest, repair and regenerate.


Staying Warm and Dry

Staying warm and dry during the rainy season is key to maintaining your wellness. We want to prevent the colds and flu which re prevalent during this time of year.

Practical Tips:

- Waterproof Gear: Invest in a good umbrella, and waterproof shoes to stay dry when you need to go out.

- Home Comfort: Keep your home space cozy with warm blankets and a dehumidifier to reduce dampness.

- Stay Active Indoors: Make use of indoor spaces for physical activities when outdoor exercise isn't possible.


June offers a wonderful opportunity to embrace holistic health and wellness during the rainy season in Accra. By focusing on seasonal nutrition, staying active indoors, practicing mindfulness, and boosting your immune system, you can make the most out of this time of year. We encourage you to try these tips and share your own rainy season wellness practices with us. Here's to a healthy and happy June!


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