7 Foods that will keep you cool this summer

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

The temperature is inching towards the summer high, and we’ve swapped our sweaters and cardigans for shorts and t-shirts! During the hot summer months, you may feel that you’re going to melt and turn into a mass of sweat! We are in a huge need of foods that will keep us cool. As essential as hydration is, when you’re hungry and bordering on ‘hangry’, water isn’t going to help. You need cooling foods for the summer to keep you full and cheerful.

These foods have the ability to cool you down, eliminate heat and toxins, and nourish you. If your body is excessively hot, you will experience – thirst, perspiration, constipation, flatulence, red eyes, flushed face, headaches, rapid pulse, heart burn, yellow urine and irritability. To keep these summer symptoms at bay, you must include the following foods in your diet:

1. Bananas:Bananas are the perfect cooling snack when you’re on the move and require something quick to pep up energy levels and to quickly cool down. What’s more, they are packed with potassium and help keep heat-related cramps at bay as well.

2. Oranges: These are super cooling, thanks to their ability to rev up digestion and help break down fatty foods. By aiding digestion, these fruits make the body work less and consequently produce lesser heat.

3. Leafy greens: Dark leafy greens chiefly comprise of water, making them very easy to digest. They pass through the GI tract quickly, giving a cooling sensation to the body. Greens nourish the liver and purge out toxins from your system.

4.Coconut water: How to Stay Hydrated Coconut water is exceedingly refreshing and is packed with electrolytes that keep you cool and hydrated.

5. Cucumber: Cucumber has oodles of water and helps you stay…‘cool as a cucumber’! It’s a potent diuretic and flushes out toxins and noxious wastes and aids in digestion. Sliced, chilled cucumber, with a dash of salt and chaat masala – the perfect snack!

6. Mint: Mint is a cooling herb. Throw in mint leaves in to salads, smoothies and juices; it will help improve digestion and infuse a sensation of coolness throughout the body.

7. Watermelon: The classic summer fruit! No summer party is complete without gorgeous, juicy watermelon wedges as dessert or delicious watermelon feta salad! The fruit is super cooling and hydrating. Make sure you include lots of watermelon in to your summer diet; it’s the sure-fire way of beating the soaring temperatures. Add a dash of Tata Rock Salt to enhance the natural flavour of watermelon along with adding electrolytes to your dish.

Need some ideas? Here are 3 easy-peasy summer treats to hydrate you:

• Ice lollies and popsicles: Nothing screams ‘summer’s here’! like a lolly or a popsicle. This icy treat cools you down, energizes you and gratifies your sweet tooth. Popsicles made of oranges, lemons, melons and mint are the perfect summer cool-down treat.

• Fro-Yo: Not only is yogurt healthier, but it also has a very high water content. It will cool you down more than an ice cream can. Experiment with the flavors and toppings to make this basic treat more interesting.

• Jal jeera: An incredible cooling drink to beat the scorching heat! A very popular summer drink throughout India, this one is made of - fresh mint and coriander, roasted cumin powder and chilled water. It’s revitalizing, and also a good appetizer.

Do you have a favourite summer treat? Share your recipe with us in the comments.


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