Stay Healthy & Hydrated This Summer

The dreaded sweltering summer months are already upon us and this is a great time to get inspired to stay healthy, active, refreshed and most importantly, well hydrated through these few months. There are a few foods and drinks that you can consume to thrive through this hot weather:

Foods

  • Melons: Watermelon, muskmelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe are all hitting the fruit vendors right now and are an incredible way to eat healthy and get hydrated at the same time. These fruits contain upwards of 90% water, which is sweet and flavourful, and are a great source of some of your daily hydration needs. On top of that, melons are high in vitamin C and copper that promote healthy skin by increasing collagen production. They also contain lycopene which aids your skin by protecting it from sun damage.
  • Avocado: Avocados are somewhat new to the Indian market but are a wonderful summer food enjoyed all over the world. Add it to your salads, smoothies, make guacamole or just eat it with a spoon! Avocados are packed with healthy fats and fibers as well as nutrients like folate, vitamin K, E, B5, B6, C, potassium, magnesium and copper. The benefits of avocados include reducing inflammation, improving digestion, lowering cholesterol and increased antioxidant absorption.
  • Dark, Leafy Vegetables: Dark leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, chard and mustard greens are fresh, refreshing and a great addition to salads, sandwiches and smoothies during the summer months. These vegetables are rich in carotenoids which your body converts to Vitamin A. Carotenoids decrease sensitivity to UV light and mend flaky and dry skin, strengthening the skin’s defenses against damaging rays protecting your skin from the sun through the summer.

Drinks

  • Lemon Water: The good old nimbu pani is a great way to stay refreshed and hydrated in the summer. With fresh limes or lemons, a pinch of rock salt and mint leaves, this classic summer drink comes packed with Vitamin C, essential salts and minerals that your body tends to lose more of during the summer. Additionally, lemon water also aids digestion, helps regulate blood pressure and contains antioxidants that rejuvenate your skin from within.
  • Buttermilk or Chaach: This drink has been around since the beginning of time and is an ancient part of ayurvedic healing. Most importantly, buttermilk contains all the macronutrients required by the human body. It has proteins, carbohydrates, minimal lipids, vitamins and essential enzymes and makes for a complete meal anywhere, anytime. Consisting of almost 90% water and packed with electrolytes, buttermilk is a great source of hydration. The cooling effect of yogurt, the probiotics contained in it, along with additives like ginger and cumin help aid digestion and reduce irritation in the stomach.
  • Coconut Water: Coconut water is natures answer to a solution for dehydration. Drinking coconut water is a great and inexpensive way to ingest electrolytes, minerals and water content. Additionally, coconut water helps in reducing blood pressure level, provides anti-aging properties, and acts as a natural diuretic. Drinking the water from a nice large green coconut is a sure shot way to re-energize your body on a warm summer day.

 

Holi: Stay Energized and Hydrated

The spring festival of India, Holi is an exceptionally exciting festival of colors. It is meant to welcome the spring season and say good bye to the cold winters. On this festival there are many traditional foods to be eaten. As it is with all celebrations, the choices of food available are tremendous and it is very easy to binge, over eat and regret later. Here are some tips on how to have a fun, safe and healthy Holi celebration:

Eat healthy, stay energized

Before you go out to play Holi, make sure you eat a healthy and heavy breakfast that sustains your energy levels through the afternoon and doesn’t leave you too hungry to binge on unhealthy alternatives that may be available through the day. Some examples of what you should add to your breakfast are muesli, milk, fresh fruits, idlis, vegetable filled dosas, porridge and oats.
End the day with a light meal since you maybe snacked here and there through the day. Try to consume dishes high in fiber like salads, stir fried vegetables and multi grain breads. This will help in clearing your digestive system and leaving you fresh for the next day.

Drink healthy, stay hydrated

On a day filled with outdoor activities in the sun, dehydration is one of the most overlooked buzzkills. Dehydration is linked to headaches, muscle fatigue, obesity, poor gut health and lethargy. A bout of dehydration can completely ruin your day and possible the week ahead, so it is best to keep fluids flowing in and enjoy your day to the fullest. Hydrate yourself this Holi with refreshing drinks like lemon water, fresh fruit Juices, coconut water and thandai over sodas and other artificial flavored drinks.

HAPPY HOLI!

Foods To Help You Through The Pollution

As we all reel from the after effects from some of the most pollution Delhi has seen this year, there are a few foods that can help us feel better through these troubled environmental conditions. Children are especially vulnerable during these days of low air quality and it is very important to keep them protected and well nourished. Here are some foods that keep your lungs and body healthy when the Delhi air is going against you:

Tulsi: The Tulsi plant is very effective at purifying the blood, soothing your throat irritation and boosting immunity.

Turmeric: Turmeric or Haldi is used a lot in our food at Caterman, and we are happy to say that turmeric is very effective in easing people with gastro-oesophageal disorders that often accompany the displeasures caused by polluted air.

Honey: Honey is effective at soothing the throat, healing the stomach and the lungs. Loaded with nutrients, enzymes and minerals it is like a magic potion for the ailing body.

Jaggery: Gur or Jaggery is very rich in iron boosting the haemoglobin levels in your blood which in turn enables your red blood cells to carry more oxygen reducing some of the acute effects of pollution.

Lemon: The high Vitamin C content of lemons fights free radicals that are abundant in polluted air and ensures they are excreted from the human body.

Eat these foods and stay healthy!

Healthy Lifestyle

Eat right, find time to exercise and sleep right, to alter your life for the better.

Health is much more than just hitting the gym and killing calories on the treadmill. Sensible health management and weight management depends a lot upon what you choose to put into your mouth. Most of us today are overfed and undernourished. Eating fast food frequently and being careless about your consumption is the most unhealthy way to live. It is a tremendous source of degenerative disease. You cannot trash and pollute your body and expect to have perfect health in return—even if you exercise regularly. Sooner or later you will develop other lifestyle diseases. Life can only be understood backwards—but it must be lived forward! Invest in your health. Don’t take it for granted. Eat right. Find time to exercise. Sleep 3 to 4 hours after the sun goes down. This practice supports your immunity, your hormones and your energy levels. Sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours every night. This is crucial for maintaining a high level of health because all the repair work happens in your body when you sleep. This information can significantly alter your health and life for the better—if you can discipline yourself to follow even a couple of rules diligently, you will live a better life.