There is hardly any individual who could get away from the harsh and high temperature of summer. As we are all aware that this season is also the biggest deterrent to our health. Therefore it is rather important that we prepare our body to combat the heat in the best possible way.
The foundation of having good health is laid on food, which is most suitable for your body and keeps all the common health ailments like dehydration, loss of appetite and fatigue. Since Indian summer can stretch for long period, it is really important to have a diet composed of foods and vegetables that wards off health complication. Check out our list of 10 best foods to eat this summer.
1. Yoghurt/curd- This food item must take over your daily diet as a staple. Not only is yoghurt delicious in taste, it also acts as a coolant for the body and checks the rise in temperature. Stomach trouble, another major health problem which is mainly faced by kids can also be curtailed as yoghurt contains probiotics and other beneficial bacteria that helps in stomach cleansing. You can have curd in the form of buttermilk, chhach, lassi as well.
2. Watermelon- We all know for a fact that drinking four to six liters of water is indispensable in summer. Besides water, watermelon is also a healthy alternative that can hydrate and cool the body off. You can have watermelon slices or extract juice out of its pulp. However, one must avoid eating already sliced watermelon that are up for sale in many roadside stalls as they can be unhygienic and may cause health problems like diarrhea and food poisoning.
3. Cucumber- You can keep munching cucumber in almost any time of the day in summer, and that is what makes them so rich in healthiness. Cucumber is a rich source of magnesium, calcium, important vitamins like Vitamin A and C. For people struggling to keep their high BP levels in check, cucumber should be consumed on a daily basis.
4. Coconut Water- Perhaps water can never be substituted in the grueling heat of summer season but one can add coconut to maximize the hydration process of the body. Coconut water is replete with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. One may be surprised to know that coconut water is the best and natural source of electrolytes like sodium and magnesium.
5. Mint- Adding mint to your daily diet can be extremely beneficial in the summer season to cool down body temperature. Mint is an easily available, inexpensive aromatic plants that are commonly consumed in India in the form of mint chutney. It can also be mixed with curd for added benefits.
6. Orange- The regent among all citrus fruits, oranges are very much available until the months of extreme temperature witnessed in Indian summer. Oranges have Vitamin C that can prevent the body from the cold that occurs due to seasonal change. The body tends to lose potassium in the form of sweat and it can put you at risk of having muscle cramps. Therefore, if you eat oranges on a daily basis, the body gets replenished thereby reducing the chances of body cramps.
7. Tomatoes- Research has proved that tomatoes contribute the body constituents to prevent the health condition that can cause cancer. Tomato is another vegetable that is relatively less expensive than other fruits and vegetables. It contains phytochemicals such as lycopene and Vitamin C.
8. Blueberries- The finest of summer fruit that has the goodness of antioxidant phytonutrients like anthocyanins. These nutrients neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues. Availability of this fruit spreads through the months of June to August.
9. Lemon/Lime Water- There’s no better way to kick-start your day than having a tall glass of lime water in summer season. The citric acid present in lemon works as an excellent detoxifier that helps you in getting rid of toxins. Moreover, your body is also replenished with healthy enzymes that get quickened by limejuice.
10. Green Leafy Vegetables- It wouldn’t be apt to omit the green leafy vegetables either from your menu or our list! Green vegetables too have high water content, a necessity in the summer. Words of caution though, cook your vegetables only as much required to get the maximum benefit of the nutrients.