SUMMER H’EATS’

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The bright yellow sun, the scorching heat, the ‘it’s so hot, I could fry an egg on the sidewalk!’ feeling all says one thing – SUMMER IS HERE! It’s the season where you find people rushing to the pools and beaches. Relishing all the ice cream they can find. Relaxing under the shade of a big tree or just chilling at home in an air conditioned room. But it isn’t possible that there are only good things and not bad things associated with this weather. The bad things come in the form of health problems like sunstrokes, dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting, food poisoning, dizziness and other similar issues

Health Problems

Health Problems

All these health issues can be avoided and taken care of if one follows proper eating habits during the summer. Here are a few pointers on what one should have and what one shouldn’t have in the summer.

Beverages and Drinks:

Dehydration is caused due to the excessive loss of water and fluids from the body. It also affects the metabolic process of the body. During the summer, water is lost through urination and sweating. Hence, it is necessary to keep the body hydrated. The body can be kept hydrated by consuming a variety of liquids, water being the main one. One can opt for nimbu paani or coconut water, both having a high content of potassium. Lassi and buttermilk, which contains curd, is another alternative. The body can be kept cool by consuming curd which also enables easy digestion. Aam panna, made from raw mangoes, is a source of antioxidants, which protects you from a possible sunstroke. Juices made from fruits and vegetables with high water content not only hydrate the body but also replenish it with the required nutrients. These are just a few things in the very long list of items which can keep you hydrated.

Fresh Juices

Fresh Juices

Fruits and Vegetables for the Summer:

As kids, we have all been forced to eat our veggies and our fruit friends. But ever wondered why only some specific vegetables and fruits in one season and others in another season? Though all fruits and vegetables are necessary and good for us, some vegetables and fruits should be consumed a bit more than the others in a particular season. In the summers, it would be a good idea to eat plenty of watermelons, muskmelons, mangoes, litchis, strawberries, oranges and other fruits high in water content. They not only have high water content but also are a great source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. Eating tomatoes, cucumber, a variety of gourds, pumpkin and other veggies will add to the body water. These vegetables also provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are easy to digest as well as an excellent blood purifier. These vegetables which we always found ‘boring’ and ‘disgusting’ are actually worth it when your health is concerned.

Eat your fruits and veggies!

What to Avoid:

Summer is the time when people head towards the fridge to pop open a can of Coke or Pepsi. But having Coke or carbonated drinks isn’t really a good idea in the summer. Though it cools you, it is only a temporary feeling. Carbonated drinks contain caffeine, which is acidic in nature. Due to its acidic nature it acts as a diuretic, and leads to the loss of water and essential nutrients through urine. It would be better to keep away from them though they are very tempting. Instead one should go for natural refreshments like coconut water and other similar things.

One should also avoid food items which are chilled; directly out of the freezer. Ice creams, cold drinks are the common chilled items people indulge in. They give a temporary cooling effect but otherwise can cause harm to our health. The body reacts to the excess cold nature of these items. It leads to accumulation of heat due to the shrinking of the blood vessels which obstructs the flow of blood to the rest of the body. It would be advised to consume them cold rather than extremely chilled.

Food which is light on the stomach and easy to digest should be preferred than deep fried, oily and fatty items. These items are not digested easily and result in increasing body temperature, the body heat increases causing discomfort and uneasiness. The more fat in the body, the more one sweats and eventually the more one loses water from the body. It is always best to avoid food items with a high content of fat.

Spicy food is also something which people should keep away from in the summers. Though they liven up your food making it tastier, it also leads to ill-effects on your body. Spicy food increases the rate of metabolism, increasing the body temperature. An increase in the body temperature again, means excessive sweating and hence, loss of body water.

Enjoy the Summer

Enjoy the Summer

There is so much variety out in the markets for us to choose from. But it’s now our responsibility that we pick up those things which can keep us fit, healthy and fresh in this unbearable weather. So, go, grab all that healthy, cooling food to keep your spirits high this summer! Happy Eating!

  • Ambadas Kshirsagar

    Wow! Nice to know the do and don’t of summer.