Ever felt lazy and lethargic? With summers approaching fast and temperatures predicted to touch an all time high, it’s essential that you remain hydrated and healthy to beat the heat. As the saying goes health is wealth, sohere’s a list of a couple of natural foods that will keep you refreshed and active during these scorching summer days. So get ready to challenge the sun and beat the heat!
- Cucumber: Possessing 95% water, a small plate of cucumber slices can quench your thirst equivalent to a glass of water. Cucumbers also contain a little fiber and some vitamin C without possessingmany calories. Vitamin C andcaffeic acid help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling and that’s the reason why cucumbers are often used to cure swollen eyes and sunburn. They are considered the best refreshers for summer. So don’t devour cucumbers just in the form of salads; get up and try out some interesting cucumber recipes: dips, soups and pickles off course!
- Lettuce: Lettuce comprises of very low calorie content and is essentially composed of water (90-95%). It also contains fiber and minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium a few anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins A, C, E, B and K. Lettuce juice helps our body to hydrate at cellular level. It is a refreshing, anti-anemic and thirst-quenching vegetable that helps to rehydrate our cells by releasing toxins and harmful fats from our body cells. So next time you eat a sandwich during summers don’t forget to swirl it up with a lettuce leaf.
- Tomato:Foods like tomatoes which are really high in water content and fiber can helpto keep you hydrated and maintain your bowel movements. Fiber is essential for minimizing constipation.Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins A, C and folic acid. Tomatoes also containvarious beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, beta-carotene and lutein. Vitamin C found in tomatoes combined with collagen functions as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun to the skin. Best way to consume tomatoes is in salads or by taking out their juice.
- Capsicum or Bell Peppers: Most of the varieties of bell peppers or capsicums are high in vitamins A and C which function as great antioxidants for our bodies.Red bell peppers possess many phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which is a great anti-inflammatory element. Bell peppers helps in eliminating toxins through sweating. They are also good sources of potassium. This mineral helps to keepthe fluids and minerals in balance in the body. It also enhances muscle function and regulates blood pressure.Bell pepper juice has beenproven to be effectivein healing gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers, diarrhea and dyspepsia. So make it a point to include this vegetable in your diet during summers to remain hydrated.
- Watermelon:Though watermelon is considered to be made up of only water and sugar, it is in reality a nutrient dense fruit, a fruit that contains a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and packs in very less calories. Constituting of 92% water, itcontains many important electrolytes. It’s a great snack toeat during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration.Watermelon is also beneficial for your skin since it contains vitamin A, a nutrient which is required for sebum production that helps to keep the hair moisturized.
We are sure that these foods will keep you hydrated during summers. You can experiment with these different food articles to come with creative delicacies that would not only quench your thirst but also savor your taste buds. So take the sun off-guard with these nutritious and refreshing vegetables and shout “Summers ho jaye!”.