The scorching hot summer days are here and they can cause your body to get heated to an exponential degree. Indian summers are especially harsh, with temperatures soaring up to 38 to 40 degree Celsius. Phew! Headaches, hot flashes, dehydration, and heat strokes take a huge toll on our health. Knowing what to eat and what not to eat can help you get through the sweltering season unscathed.
5 foods to avoid eating during summers
Here are 5 foods you should not be eating when the temperatures keep soaring:
1. Fried and barbecued meat: Consuming this food harms the digestion in potentially snowballing ways. These are packed with fat, protein and carbohydrates and they heat up the body whilst your body tries to digest them. Instead of red meat or pink meat, opt for chicken or fish. If you want to avoid eating non-vegetarian food in summer, opt for boiled and grilled vegetables — they will not change into toxins no matter how you cook them.
2. Snow cones or ‘golas’: These rainbow-hued delights are most definitely on everyone’s wish list and they do cool you down, but only at first. When you start digesting the snow cone, the body temperature elevates since it produces energy to digest it. What’s more, snow cones comprise of ice, loads of sugar and an array of chemical coloring agents. This adversely affects the immune mechanism, causes autoimmune flare-ups and can even trigger cancer.
Instead opt for a real fruit lolly – orange, lemon, watermelon, mango, or any fruit of your choice. They will cool you down and are packed with nutrition. Skimp on the sugar and use a sugar substitute instead. Tata NX Zero Sugar is a fantastic option; it is completely natural and is made from stevia.
3. Cold beer: You might want to reach out for a chilled beer to battle the heat; however, alcohol is packed with loads of calories, it increases appetite, slows down metabolism, prevents absorption of nutrients, and causes dehydration – all of which are counter-productive.
Instead opt for a cold glass of water; it might seem evident, but water truly is your best friend! When the temperatures skyrocket, ensure that you drink plenty of water and fruit infused water.
4. Oily snacks: Oily and fried foods should be avoided in summer. Oily foods tend to spike body heat and lower immunity. Steer clear of wafers, crisps, pakodas, kachoris, and other fried nibbles.
Instead opt for foods that have high water content. Snack on watermelon, cucumbers, mangoes and various other fresh summer produce. The higher the water content in a food, the more probable it is, that it will help keep your body temperature down. These foods slow down digestion, and consequently lesser heat is generated in the body. Alongside, they hydrate the body and promise you a healthy, radiant skin. Refreshing and wholesome; a win-win situation for you!
5. Hot beverages: A lot of people cannot function without their daily quota of hot tea or coffee. While this might make you feel more energetic and alert, consuming hot tea or coffee regularly during summers triggers dehydration and increases body heat as well.
Instead opt for green tea or green coffee, and don’t have it piping hot, lukewarm or cold is advisable. You could also have lemonade and infused waters during the summers to beat the heat and stay cool. Fresh lemon juice with honey and rock salt is simply divine on a hot summer’s day!
Keep out of the heat with these fantastic guidelines and do yourself a favour, whip up some cool treats that will keep you feeling cool!
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