Summer in India, especially in the northern region, means harsh humidity and brutal temperature, which melts the life out of the body. In this scorching heat it becomes important for us to not get dehydrated, keep our body cool and not fall to diseases like diarrhea, chicken pox or jaundice. Introducing these summer foods in the everyday diet can help in beating away the summer blues.
Curd is one of those foods that automatically become a part of our everyday diet in the summer. From curd you can make some other cooling foods such as buttermilk, lassi or raita, all tasty and helpful at the same time. In South India people eat curd rice in summers. Curd is also a healthy alternative to cold drinks, packaged drinks/juices and ice-creams. It is also a rich source of nutrients, calcium and vitamins, and it helps in cooling off when the temperature is high. The Vitamin B present in it is helpful in soothing, and curing ulcers, allergies and heat boils.
2. Coconut Water
Coconut water has great health benefits and cooling properties. Coconut water is full of simple sugars, electrolytes and other important minerals that help in keeping our body hydrated. It has the same electrolyte concentration that is in our blood and so it gets absorbed very easily. It also contains several minerals and vitamins. Additionally, it helps in weight loss as it is low in fat and upon its consumption it reduces hunger. Coconut water is also beneficial to people with kidney stones as it has high mineral, magnesium and potassium content. When applied on the affected area, it also reduces acne, wrinkles, stretch marks, spots and eczema. It also has cancer fighting and anti-aging properties.
Watermelon is one of the most common fruits that you’ll find inside one’s refrigerator in the summers. Watermelons are the richest source of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that fights the radicals responsible for sunburn and wrinkles. It also has Vitamin B6 which acts as an energy booster. This fruit is 92% water and 8% sugar, that means it will keep you hydrated. It is always advised to chop and eat watermelons at home and those sold by roadside vendors be avoided at all costs, as they can cause diarrhea.
Kiwi is a highly-recommended fruit for summer because it comes with several health benefits and many of those are helpful in summer. First of all, Kiwi is great for digestion, because it contains actinidain which is a protein-dissolving enzyme and works like papain in papaya. Kiwis also have Vitamin E which protects skin from degeneration caused by heat. And, the fiber present in it prevents constipation and many other intestinal problems.
Cucumbers are 95% water, which means they keep you hydrated and also help in eliminating body toxins. They also have Vitamin B and Vitamin C (in their skins) which contribute to our body’s daily requirements. Placing cucumber over the skin helps in fighting heat, sunburns and irritation. Because of its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is ideal for people on a diet. Its fiber content helps in digestion and its daily consumption helps in fighting chronic constipation. It also fights diabetes, cancer, cholesterol and controls blood pressure.
Mint is an easily available, inexpensive, healthy herb which can be added to curd to make pudina raita or used as a main ingredient in chutneys. It doesn’t lower your body temperature but it is still on this list because of its delicious and refreshing taste that can lighten up the mood in this harsh weather. Pudina also relieves from indigestion and gives a glowing, acne-free skin. It also boosts immunity and helps in fighting stress and depression which are too common in summer.
7. Lime Water
Kick-starting your day with a glass of lime water can perform several health wonders for you. Lime water helps in improving the performance of the digestive system and fights away heartburn and other stomach ailments. It also purifies the body by flushing out all the toxins from the body. Loaded with antioxidants, it prevents free radicals from damaging skin cells and repairs the damage caused by UV rays. It also detoxifies the blood and as a result purifies the body from inside. Potassium is highly present in lime water and it helps in eliminating waste materials from kidneys and keeps the urinary bladder free from toxins. Additionally, lime water also keeps the blood pressure under control, something which is important in this boiling whether.
Full of fiber, folate, phosphorus, vitamin C, magnesium and thiamin, corns have several health benefits. Corn is filled with both soluble and insoluble fiber which block cholesterol absorption, prevent constipation and other major intestinal problems. It has vitamin B12, iron and folic acid which help in the formation of red blood cells and help in fighting anemia. It also contains high amount of carbohydrates which provide you enough energy to fight the harsh summer weather. It also prevents diabetes and hypertension. It is also beneficial for the heart as it keeps stroke and other heart diseases at bay.