With the temperature on rise, the heat and sun has the potential to drain us out completely. Many of us feel dehydrated during summer months and experience low energy levels. Hence, it is important that we should take extra care during summers. From eating right to following certain lifestyle changes, we can beat the hazardous impacts of summer.

  1. Cucumber: There is a reason why they say “cool as a Cucumber.” Snacking on slices of these crunchy green veggies not only helps cures your thirst but also helps keep the hunger pangs away. Cucumber has a lot of antioxidants, which will help with weight loss. It also has Vitamin A and C, folic acid, and fiber. You can include Cucumber in salads or Raita and consume them that way too.
  2. Zucchini and green beans: Both contain Vitamin C, important phytonutrients, and manganese. This protects the body from free radicals that cause ageing – which is of greater concern during the summer months when your skin is anyway more susceptible to sun damage.
  3. Leafy greens: Leafy greens like spinach, kale and romaine help in healing your body. They have high water content, which makes them easy to digest. This in turn helps the body to preserve energy and keep you cool.
  4. Spices and herbs: Spices and herbs like fenugreek, fennel, poppy, cumin, cardamom, coriander, and mint drastically help in reducing the heat that the body produces internally. Some of them also help in quenching thirst, while some aid digestion.
  5. Watermelons: The ultimate summer food, watermelon consists of 95% of water. Hence, it’s an amazing thirst eliminator and can also help you lose weight. These are nutrient-packed with Vitamin B, Potassium, Magnesium, and fiber. Having watermelon slices is better than juicing them as you get it filling richness and fiber content as-is & not just as water.
  6. Yoghurt: Yoghurt is a phenomenal coolant to your body. You can drink them as is or consume them with your food. Notably, curd/yogurt rice tops the list here. Or, you can enjoy it sweet by turning the yogurt into buttermilk. Add some sugar & pepper to a glass of yogurt and you have made Lassi the traditional south Indian summer drink. Yogurt is known to kick start your digestion, especially when blended with ginger, pepper, and green chilies.
  7. Coconut water: Nature’s own energy drink, Coconut water, and its refreshing sweet taste is the perfect way to kick out heat from your body. The water contains essential minerals like potassium, calcium, and vitamin A, which along with Electrolytes helps instantly rejuvenate your cells and fill you with energy. On a hot day, it’s the perfect thirst quencher – one that’s super affordable. Coconut water makes for an excellent workout drink. The antioxidants help expel toxins from your body while anti-inflammatory properties help relieve muscle soreness and keep your skin young and glowing.
  8. Mint: Though not meant to be eaten as is, you can add mint to a variety of foods and drinks to make them more refreshing this ultra-hot season. From cool chutneys to as a fresh ingredient for your smoothies and drinks, Mint wears a lot of hats and is also exceptionally healthy. It’s a strong source of Vitamin A, Iron, Manganese, fiber, and folate. Mint can work as a garnish for your veggie dishes. It has that signature fresh smell that can add another layer to your dish’s tastiness. If you feel sick, crush some mint and breaths in the smell. It should help alleviate nausea and bring calmness to your nerves.
  9. Onions: You may get surprised to know that onions too provide cooling properties. Eating them raw may ruin your taste, hence mixe it with lemon and salt and prepare salads. Another way to eat onion is by adding it in your vegetables, curries and raita. The red onions are loaded with quercetin, which is considered as a natural anti-allergen. Adding onion to your daily diet also helps in protecting you against the sun-stroke.
  10. Lime water: Also referred to as nimboo pani is another refreshing drink for summer. A glass of lime water provides many health benefits. You can have sweet limewater, can add salt, a pinch of cumin powder to it to enhance its flavour. Lime water keeps you chilled and refreshed all day long.

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