Summer time diet

by Ms. Soumita Biswas

Summer, the warmest season of the year comes with heat wave, hyperthermia and dehydration. Food is the magic to prevent these side effects.

Few foods to include in daily routine to get rid or prevent these are mentioned below.

Water:  Sweating in hot weather can cause dehydration, but drinking enough water can prevent these issues. Also maintain proper bodily functions and digestion. It is recommended to have 3-4 litres of water per day during summer.

Cucumber: Cucumbers are 95% water. They aid to keep the body well dehydrated and nourish by removing toxins.

Watermelon: Staying hydrated keeps your memory sharp and your mood stable. It also helps keep your body cool during hot summer months. Also less calories and high water content gives satiety which gives the fullness.

Tender coconut water:  It helps with hydration, provides essential nutrients specially electrolytes, aids digestion, balances, boosts immunity, improves skin and hair health, regulates blood pressure. Person's suffering from diabetes or kidney related issues consult with your health expert before consuming it daily.

Corn: Antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin-in corn act like natural sunglasses, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun's damaging rays.

Green leafy Vegetables: Spinach, Amaranth, Methi leaves are great source of antioxidants and fiber. Fiber helps to give satiety and prevent constipation  .

Foods which makes dehyrated should be avoided during summer.

Coffee: Caffeinated drink acts as  a diuretic. Caffeine increases the blood flow to kidneys, encouraging them to flush out more water that leads to frequent urination and extra water loss from the body which may cause dehydration.

Alcohol : It causes water loss  from body which inturns makes person dehydrated.

Meat: The body uses up more water in order to metabolise the naturally occurring nitrogen in meat protein, due to which cells may lose water content significantly makes people dehydrated. Lean meats are preferred to reduce dehydration.