As the Mercury starts rising and drinking gazillion liters of water is not making a difference, the best way to keep your body cool this summer is by getting your diet right. This will reduce internal heat and make you feel more comfortable with the soaring temperatures. While cold drinks and frozen desserts might seem cooling, they are not. Instead, they affect you adversely. Here is our list of eight foods that will cool you down and keep you healthy.
‘Cool as a cucumber’- heard that one, right? Cucumbers instantly hydrate the body and bring down body heat. Snack on them as a salad or with your favourite dip or blitz them into a juice with ginger and some lemon. There is no wrong way to consume them.
Watermelons and musk melons sell like hot cakes in summers. Juicy and full of nutrients that the body needs, the melons make for great summer companions. Not only do they hydrate but boost the body with power-packed nutrients like Vitamin B, magnesium, potassium and fibre.
- Leafy Greens
The green leafy vegetables are high on the nutrient value, calcium and provide a good cooling effect to the body. Spinach, lettuce, Amaranth, Chinese cabbage, and kale are your summer talismans. They can be had in smoothies, salads or as side dish in a meal.
The Indian drink of the summers is buttermilk and the wisdom of the ages shines through. Not only does it keep you hydrated but also is beneficial for digestion. Have it with roasted cumin seeds, fresh coriander and some ginger to add zing to your day.
The king of fruits is your best alternative to reducing the body heat. There are myriad ways of incorporating it in your diet. Have it raw, as aam panna- that quintessential summer drink, as chutney or a curry. Mangoes are great for digestion, cure heat strokes and boost energy.
The easiest way to add flavour to your glass of water is to have it with lemon. They boost the immune system, make your skin glow and add a healthy dose of Vitamin C to your diet. So drink up as lemonade made with plain water or add a dash of lemon to your juices and salads.
- Curd And Yogurt
Packed with calcium, curd should be your go-to option for a healthy summer alternative to the cold fizzy drinks. Rich with Vitamin B and gut-friendly bacteria, curd soothes the body from within. Add flavour to it by mixing it with mangoes, strawberries and other fruits. It can also be had as Shrikhand.
To boost the protein content in your diet without depending on the meats, turn to fish. Rich in the good fatty acids, fish makes for a tasty alternative. Since it generates less heat on consumption, you won’t feel lethargic and uncomfortably full, a feeling that usually, we associate with after having chicken and meat dishes.