Summer is here and the mercury level is on the rise! Well, let’s brace ourselves to experience intense scorching sun this year, but, it is also important to take care of our health. The heat has the potential to drain us out completely and if you ignore your eating habits, you are putting your body at higher risk.
Summer always makes our mouth dry, feel dehydrated, and experience low energy level. Taking extra care during the hot season by eating right and following certain lifestyle changes, we can beat the hazardous impacts of summer. Here we have listed a few cooling foods that you should definitely add to your diet to fight against the hot climate effects.
Everyone knows watermelon is the best fruit to stay hydrated. But there is nothing wrong with reiterating its benefits. As it contains 91.45 per cent water, it helps in fulfilling your body’s water requirement. Melons are also loaded with anti-oxidants properties and a great source to provide the cooling effect.
Cucumbers are full of water and fiber. As we eat a lot of mangoes and mango pickles in Summer, having one cucumber a day helps in keeping constipation at bay. Add this crunchier food to smoothies and juices and try having it every day, even when you go out.
Curd is often ignored by many, but least do we know its amazing cooling effect on the body. Instead of buttermilk, eating curd as a whole is better due to its vital good bacteria that our body need. However, one can also have curd in different variants like buttermilk, sweet lassi, raita, etc. Or just add tasty fruits to a bowl of curd and make it into lip-smacking smoothies.
There is no greater drink than coconut water that nature provides. It is full of electrolytes and instead of taking energy drinks or ORSL, it is always best to have one glass of coconut water as it is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It has cooling properties that help you fight against the hot weather. Studies also show that drinking coconut water regularly also protect against cancer.
Onions having cooling properties is quite surprising but it is the fact. Add red onions in your salads, curries and raita as they are loaded with quercetin, which is considered a natural anti-allergen. Adding onion to your daily diet also helps in protecting you against sun-stroke.
Last but not least, Nimboo pani or Lime water is everyone’s favourite. It is an ideal drink to beat the summer’s heat as it works immediately on your digestive system, bringing down the body temperature and cooling your gut. Instead of adding a few drops to your food, try drinking the whole lemon in the water this Summer. In this way, one can also stay nourished.
Stay indoors. Stay safe!