Summer seems to drain us completely. High humidity and soaring temperatures leave us feel dehydrated and low on energy. By ignoring this, we are putting our bodies at higher risk. In summer you should eat fruits and vegetables which are seasonal and which will rehydrate your body. From eating right to following certain lifestyle changes, we can beat the hazardous impacts of summer. Here we have listed a few foods that you should definitely add to your diet to fight against the hot climate effects.
1. Coconut Water
Coconut water contains high water content and also rich in nutrients that help in preventing and treating dehydration. It also helps replenish the body. Studies also show that drinking coconut water regularly also protect against cancer. However, you should avoid sugar-sweetened coconut water, which can ramp up your calorie intake and blood sugar levels.
Filled with sweet juice, watermelon is one of the best present from the nature during the summer season. Watermelon contains L-citrulline, which has been shown to relieve muscle soreness, enhance physical performance and promotes muscle relaxation. Loaded with electrolyte and water, watermelon will help you to stay hydrated during the summer season. The fruit is 92 percent water and will make you feel full. Since the fruit is low in calories, you can eat a large amount of the fruit without worrying too much.
Enriched with fibre, mangoes aid good digestion and prevents many stomach related diseases. This summer fruit also helps in preventing heat stroke. Eating it cools you down instantly and hence refreshes you. Add this ‘super fruit’ in summer and stay cool during the got weather.
Cucumber is made up of 95 per cent water and hence is super hydrating. It eliminates toxins from the body and keeps you healthy from inside. Cucumber is an effective system cleanser, that can expel waste products. Cucumber juice when applied on the face can make you look refreshed. It is especially great for people with dry skin.
During the summer, people opt for mint-based products as these provide a refreshing burst of flavour and also act as good relaxants. Here are five benefits of consuming mint leaves aka pudina. Aids in digestion: Mint soothes the stomach instantly and works wonders when it comes to treating tummy troubles.
You might have probably been told by an elder at home to carry an onion bulb around with you every time you head out in the Sun, to protect yourself against heat stroke. Red onions, which are the most commonly available variety in India, have a compound called quercetin, which acts against histamine. Histamine is the cause behind heat rashes and reactions to insect bites and quercetin has anti-histamine properties. Moreover, raw onions may also have a positive effect on your immunity, thus preventing the risk of contracting diseases. The juice from onions is also recommended for consumption as well as external use during summers, to treat heat stroke and soothe sun burns, respectively.
Abundantly available in the summer, it can keep you hydrated and satiated for a long time. Loaded with beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, vitamins C and A, musk melon not only helps you stay healthy, but is also great for your skin and hair.
8. Lime Water
Summers can be hectic on the body, with the sudden rise in temperature and the hot winds. As it drains your energy, it also affects your immune system, making it weaker. Drinking a glass of lemon water can strengthen your immune system and protect it from deficiencies. The natural antioxidants and antibacterial properties present in lemons help fight infections, especially viral fevers and common colds that are loose during the summer.
With water content of 95 per cent, celery contains essential nutrients that keep you going during the hot weather. Celery is also loaded with sodium, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. Because of its high water content, celery is a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration.
Curd is the lightest and most-effective fuel you can rely on during summers. It can keep you hydrated and boost your energy levels at the same time. Add a little salt or sugar, and your body will feel more balanced and energised. Dahi is also a great stress-buster and lowers anxiety levels.