Summer Diet Guide
Maximize your summer health
Light. Heat. Intensity. Or if you live in North India its nothing less than Fire. Its Summertime!!! Do you dread the heat and anxiously wait till October for the fall of Summers? A dark air-conditioned theater is your best choice for a weekend getaway.
Summers, like any other season comes with its own distinct personality. While some cherish the summer sun and feel better to bear the heat then the winters cold; there are some who just can’t withstand the fire even for a minute. Depending on individual constitution summer might affect the internal harmony in a positive or a negative way. Hot natured individuals who prefer cool climate will feel the burn to extreme discomfort, while those who just can’t warm the hands in winters will love the summer heat. As the seasons change our body immunity tends to drop dramatically and the likelihood of a medical condition goes up. The drop-in immunity makes it pivotal for us to make a conscious effort to live in harmony with the nature cycle and improvise our diet as the new season arrives. Let’s look at some of the diet tips to beat the summer heat.
It’s a Non-GMO Season
Natural light food and small meals should be your best choice for any meal during summers. Genetically modified or packed foods are hard to digest and cause thermal effect which leads intestinal discomfort and irrational behavior.
Quench Thirst with Water
In high levels of humidity as we cannot sweat adequately the body is unable to release its heat in an efficient manner. This is the reason we need to drink adequate water despite of the thirst.
Aerated Beverages, preservatives, sugary drinks might be an easy pick in terms of pricing and availability, but they are surely by no means your ideal choice to beat the heat. Drinks with added preservatives and fizz are generally acidic in nature and act as a diuretic leading to loss of water.
Cool or room temperature water infused with lime or mint or a little bit of sugar can be a great cooler. Naturally cooling beverages like thin Buttermilk, Lassi, Coconut water, peppermint or rose tea are also a good bet to replenish the lost stores of water. Tulsi/Basil Seeds can be added to drinks as their original nature has a cooling effect on the body.
Iced drinks might give a temporary relief however such drinks disturb the digestive fire and create toxins within the body.
Eat foods that are Sweet, Bitter, Astringent / Cold in nature rather than foods which are hot, spicy and salty in nature. The thermal effect of hot/spicy food causes irritability and impatience in behavior. Salty food consumes a lot of water from the body, as we already are deprived of Water in summers it is in best interest to avoid inorganic salt. (Salt Free diet to reduce water retention a popular Summer season mantra amongst bodybuilders)
Choose your Fruit salad wisely
It is best advised to go slow on sour or unripe fruits and spices such as carrots, beets, radishes, onions, garlic, ginger, and mustard seeds. Fruits which are high in water content and nutrition can be a great source to beat the heat this season. Mangoes are the first call when the summer season sets in. High in Sugar they can surely be bad for your weight loss regime if taken in excess. Overnight soaking of mangoes can help soak the heat away from them
Pineapple, Melon, Berries, Kiwi, papaya, Peach are few of the summer season fruits in north India. Do check out your areas seasonal growth, nothing can beat a seasonal fruit on nutrition.
As summers call for light meals at one time, non-vegetarian meal is surely off the platter. (If you tend to find a healthy option of Butter Chicken do share the same). Summers is surely not the time to indulge in thick flavory non-vegetarian gravies. Spicy and hot nature of such foods makes an individual sweat more and causes digestive problems.
Summer is fiery, balance yourself to beat the heat.
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