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:
- 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.
- 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.