It’s just March and the temperatures are already soaring! It’s very important to maintain your body temperature by keeping it cool. It can get very scorching during the summers and not taking proper care can result in exhaustion and other heat-related issues such as sunstroke and hence proper hydration during the summer is a must.
Fruits and vegetables juices are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that help to keep your immune system healthy and build resistance against outside antibodies.
Here is a list of items that would be very healthy to indulge during the summers.
Green Tea – Ditch the caffeine this summer. There are multiple benefits of drinking Green tea; one of them is that it regulates body temperature and helps to acclimatize the harsh summer heat and is very helpful in weight loss.
Lassi/Buttermilk – Yogurt is an excellent probiotic and helps your metabolism. Having a glass of Lassi or Buttermilk will help the digestive system during the summer and also keeps you cool.
Sugar Palm Fruit (Toddy) – Sugar Palm which is also known as Toddy Palm Fruit contains Vitamin A, B and C, It is rich in minerals too. The fruit pulp can be eaten raw or used to prepare a drink that has very cooling properties.
Watermelon – The name of this fruit itself suggests the presence of water in the luscious fruit. It’s a rich source of Vitamin A and C; it also contains Lycopene which helps in preventing sun damage to the skin cell.
Cucumbers – Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can all stay as ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ during the summers. Cucumber has a high water content, hence it helps to keep you and your skin hydrated. It contains vitamin B, phosphorus, calcium, zinc and other minerals. The best part is that the cucumber is very versatile and can be used in many ways. You can make juice out of it, use it in a salad, use it in raita, or use thin slices of it all over your face as a mask.
Coconut Water – It is one of the nature’s most refreshing drinks. It is contains sugar, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine, and phyto-hormones. Drinking the water of tender Coconut is the best and quickest way to replenish the supply of electrolytes in the body and it prevents dehydration and acidity as well.
Citrus Fruits – Lemon, Lime, Oranges& Grapefruit are high in flavonoids, vitamin C, and they are good sources of folate and potassium too.
Kiwis – It has an equal amount of Vitamin C as Oranges and it also full of Vitamin E, potassium, and fibre.
Mango – Mango is a must eat fruit during summers. It is full of selenium, iron, vitamins A and C, it also helps in promoting the skin-building compounds that form new skin cells.
Bananas – Bananas are rich in iron and potassium and they also have a cooling effect on your stomach
Papaya – Papaya has enzymes like chymopapain and papain and it also has high Vitamin E content which helps in delaying ageing due to its anti-ageing properties
Muskmelon – It is full of Vitamin A, B, C and minerals like magnesium, sodium and potassium. It has zero cholesterol and is safe for blood cholesterol patients.
And, last but not the least, The best way to beat the heat is to drink plenty of water…loads and loads of it! It’s the best and quick way to keep yourself hydrated; as during the summer, you sweat more hence you need more water than usual to replenish the water in your body.