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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Healthy Cool Foods for Hot Summer.

Maintaining a healthy diet in summers is very important to keep our bodies healthy, hydrated and cool. During summer season, we should avoid diet sodas, ice cubes and cold liquids as having these end up increasing the body temperature.

Summer is the season of a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Below is an insight to the secrets of summer diet:-

  • As Tomatoes are rich in lycopene that may protect the skin from sunburn, we must eat plenty of tomatoes.

  • Watermelon is 90% water. It is a good food to keep our bodies hydraed and cool during summer season.

  • A tall glass of Iced Tea refreshes as it contains full of plant pigments. Flavonoids (plant pigments) lower the risk of Alzheimer's and diabetes and also promote bone, teeth and gum health.

  • Eating Curd helps increases the stomach-friendly bacteria in the intestines, as intestinal infections such as cholera and typhoid easily surface during summer.

  • As Coconut Water is packed with minerals, simple sugars and electrolytes, it replenishes the body. Most of us are unaware that sweating leads to loss of water and many essential mineral from the body.

  • Sugarcane Juice is best for those who exercise or work out during summers. It cools and energises the body.

  • Raw Mango consumed in any form helps to prevent summer stroke and typhoid.

  • Cucumbers, Bell Peppers & Lettuce are naturally watery foods. They prevent urine from being acidic in summers.

  • Carrots, Mushrooms, Spinach, Parwal, Pumpkin & Doodhi are easily digestible water-based vegetables for the summer.

  • Vitamin A & Vitamin E rich foods like Papaya, Mango, Flaxseeds, Egg Whites & Sprouts prevent damage to skin and hair due to high temperatures.

  • Foods To Be Avoided: (i) Caffeinated or Carbonated Beverages (ii) Chilled Liquids (iii) Minimising intake of Dried Fruits, Hot/Spicy/extremely Salty Foods & (iv) Cutting down / Minimising intake of Fried Foods.