Well! Well… Summer has arrived for us well in advance this year. Chennai and summer are always the best buddies beside sweating and heat. More the temperature the more we get dehydrated. Summer is also the time for us to enjoy wide varieties of fruits and veggies. Gone are the days when fruits and veggies were seasonal. But now all fruits and veggies are made available throughout the year. Wondering whether we should be thankful for it or not. Watermelons once a foreigner is now a local resident. Amidst a popular belief that watermelons are just water and sugar, it is also a good source of vitamins and other nutrients. Let us peek into different ways to keep one self hydrated.
Gulp in more tender coconut water during this part of the year. One does not need any introduction about the goodness of it. There are no specific time constraints like the other juices, coconut water can be had any time of the day. Lauric acid in coconut water protects skin from infections and also has an anti-aging effect on the skin. With all essential vitamins and minerals, it helps to keep the scalp and hair nourished and healthy. Saves you from dehydration!
Cucumber another member from South Asia. Low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals and is a good antioxidant. Cucumbers have the most vitamins in a single serving than you require daily. Best for lunch or as a mid-noon snack. On skin, cucumbers have a soothing effect and reduce swelling. Acids present in cucumber helps in water retention. In short, cucumber supports healthy skin.
The super-sour summer fruit has a wide range of health benefits. Lemon enhances the taste of water and increases ones water intake thereby preventing dehydration. Excess sweating and perspiration not only results in dehydration but also results in loss of salt and glucose level which in turn can be compensated by adding salt or sugar in the lemon juice thereby reversing the loss. Lemon juice makes the skin sweat more thereby making skin clean, removes the toxins and enhances the beauty of skin naturally. Lemon is not only fruit but a best natural herb available for us all around the year.
Not to mention our own traditional foods namely Ragi and kambhu. Porridges made of it along with buttermilk not only lowers the body heat but also gives adequate strength to us.
Not to forget our country vegetable varieties like bottle gourd, Ridge gourd and snake gourd all have a cooling effect. We will have to make sure they are also a part of our diet.
It’s yet another herb that comes handy during summer. It has a wonderful medicinal property and protects us from other summer ailments. Nannari syrup basically extracted from the roots along with lemon juice has a cooling effect on the body.
All time available drink in every Indian household. This is indeed a magic drink with so many nutritional benefits. Buttermilk not only helps in reducing the body temperature but also helps in washing down the spicy foods and soothes the lining of the stomach. This magic drink is loaded with loads of electrolytes and once taken it is the best shot against dehydration during strong summers.
Last but never the least water!!!! It is summer and there are no restrictions. Keep drinking water now and then and encourage the kids to do so as well. One should be more hydrated during this phase of the year. Apart from keeping you hydrated, water promotes healthy weight management and weight loss and also plays a major role in flushing out toxins from the body. Children and older adults are more prone to dehydration so it is important to prevent dehydration by drinking more water. If a choice is given between choosing refrigerated water and water from an earthen clay pot, without any hesitation choose water from a clay pot. These pots contain natural goodness and promote various health qualities.
Other fresh fruit juices can also be included in our daily routine. More the fluid intake less the dehydration. It is always better to avoid refrigerated drinks. These generation kids with all details at their fingertips and the kind of exposure they have it is our responsibility to guide them. Yes, they don’t listen to us but they follow us. When we change they also change. So better late than never let us say a big BID ADIEU to all artificial and aerated drinks and let us bring back our traditional foods back.