With the rising mercury levels, the need to take care of ourselves is also increasing. According to ayurveda, summers are known as the pitta season and you need to adjust to this hot weather in the best manner to keep your body healthy and fit. This is the time when people feel severe loss of appetite and dehydrated all the time. During summer the need to keep our body hydrated increases many fold. What we eat affects our body and how we feel directly.
Eating the right kind of food is the main trick. Here is list of food that will keep you hydrated and fresh, keeping those energy levels high through the day.
It is a high protein food that provides the body with most of the amino acids required during the heat season. It has protein and zinc for tissue building, calcium to aid in muscle contractions and carbohydrates for energy. The “gut” bacteria in yoghurt are helpful in fighting food poisoning which is a much prevalent problem in summers. Make a dip out of it of it, or eat it just like that but make sure to add it to your diet.
It is often consumed as a natural laxative. Suck on a sweet-sour tamarind or extract its pulp and drink a glass of it to prevent heat stroke. Rich in carotenes, Vitamins B and C, and flavanoids, imli reduces fever and protects against colds. It also assists the slow process of digestion in summer, and cures bile disorders. Direct application of imli on skin can heal inflammation.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), soya beans are said to relieve summer heat. Take a cue from the Chinese and boil fresh soya beans and drink the cooled broth. Since the beans are rich in protein, they help prevent summer colds. Soya milk in fun flavours are also freely available in the market. You can add soya chunks to caramel custard, kheer and payasam to lower “bad” cholesterol levels.
Some vegetables like onions, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, celery and spinach have antioxidant properties that help minimize skin damage caused due to prolonged sun exposure. These summer vegetables have B Vitamins that help prevent dry skin, rashes, and itching, as well as other skin diseases.
Muskmelon or cantaloupe is known for its high beta-carotene content that gets converted into vitamin A, which is essential for the growth and repair of skin tissue. Melons of any kind bump up your fluid intake. Chop up the fruit and eat it plain or toss pieces of it into a spinach and lettuce salad with cheese, pine nuts and a basic vinaigrette dressing. Else, eat it with ice cream or custard.