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Summer Diet Tips 


A well hydrated body helps in easy metabolic functions. Summer reminds of sweat and dehydration. Adequate intake of water helps in hydrating the body and rejuvenating the same. It also helps in the removal of toxins, drugs and other metabolites. Replacement of fluid loss, especially during exercise sessions in summer is important.

A healthy and balanced diet is essential, especially in the summer. The heat in the summer deprives you of all the energy, which calls for a few summer diet tips. All drinks that are rich in sugar are avoided. Excessive perspiration in summer results in dehydration. Rehydration is essential irrespective of the activity levels and thirst pangs. Any kind of stress, physical, physiological and psychological is avoided. Liquids at very cold temperatures are not preferred. Increased consumption of cold liquids, result in the constriction of the blood vessels. This in turn reduces the loss of heat. This is not recommended. Holy Basil seeds added to water prove effective as cooling drink in summers.

Soft drinks contain added sugar, preservatives and colors. Dilute phosphoric acid is seen in many soft drinks. They have adverse effects on the health, such as damage of the gastro intestinal lining, calcium leaching from the bones and so on. Degeneration of the bones is the result of loss of calcium. It increases the risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture. Certain foods are not preferred in summers. These are swapped for meals of high preference.

Good hygiene levels are vital, in the body and mind level.  Keep yourself cool and at ease by having bath with cool water, twice a day. Fried foods, such as french fries, potato patties, chips, samosa and so on are reduced, owing to the thermal effect of fat. A light and healthy meal makes you feel comfortable, as a part of summer nutrition tips. Avoid any greasy food. Opt for cooking in the non stick vessels. Dried fruits are decreased and replaced by fresh fruits, as they also supply a good amount of water, in addition to minerals and vitamins.

A lavish supply of vegetables and fresh fruits are beneficial. Certain vegetables and fruits that are considered to be heat producing, such as mangoes, peppers, grapefruit, pineapple, onion, beetroot, garlic, spinach and radish and so on are avoided. Lemon juice, barley water, butter milk and tender coconut water are the best sources of hydration. Molasses and honey are avoided. Follow the above said summer diet tips to enjoy summer to the fullest!

Submitted on January 16, 2014