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Your Guide to Eating Right to Beat the Summer Heat

The summer can take a toll on you if you do not take care of your system. Here are some tips to help you eat right.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables are your summer best-buddies. (Photo: iStock)

You have been reading on The Quint about the rising temperatures and the lives it has been claiming in the country over the past few days. It can take a toll on your health if you do not take proper care. Here’s how you can make your summer fly by without a glitch.

5 Fruits That Will Help you Beat the Heat

1. Muskmelon

<i>Kharbuja </i>found in abundance during summer season, especially from April to August. (Photo: iStock)
Kharbuja found in abundance during summer season, especially from April to August. (Photo: iStock)

It is sweet and has a cooling effect, hydrates the body, and contains vital minerals and vitamins that help in balancing the fluid and electrolytes loss in our bodies during the summer season.

2. Watermelon

Watermelon is made up 92% of water. (Photo: iStock)
Watermelon is made up 92% of water. (Photo: iStock)

Contrary to what many believe, watermelon is not just water and sugar, it is considered a nutrient-dense food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories.

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3. Lemon

Lemons are the best source of Vitamin C. (Photo: iStock)
Lemons are the best source of Vitamin C. (Photo: iStock)

Lemon and honey drinks are also a good bet thanks to their ability to replenish lost water and act as energisers.

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4. Aam Panha (Steamed Mango Drink)

Raw mangoes, the source of the&nbsp;heavenly <i>aam panha. </i>(Photo: iStock)
Raw mangoes, the source of the heavenly aam panha. (Photo: iStock)

Raw mangoes are a great remedy for heat stroke and dehydration and it also packs in a loads of nutrients. Aam Panha is a great drink to cool off during the summer.

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5. Coconut water

Coconut water; the well known electrolyte provider. (Photo: iStock)
Coconut water; the well known electrolyte provider. (Photo: iStock)

Drinking freshly opened coconuts replenishes hydration levels, say doctors. 

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Along with fruits, here are 5 veggies that will help you with the soul draining heat.

1. Vegetables

Do not avoid these veggies during the heat. (Photo: iStock)
Do not avoid these veggies during the heat. (Photo: iStock)

Stock up on water-rich vegetables such as cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, and bell peppers.

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2. Onions

Onion does much more than giving a foul breath. (Photo: iStock)
Onion does much more than giving a foul breath. (Photo: iStock)

Grandmas swear by the use of onion juice as a full-body applicant to a person suffering from a heat stroke, to help undo the ill-effects of dehydration.

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4. Curd

(Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

Eating curd increases the friendly bacteria in the intestines which promotes digestion and boosts immunity.

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4. Dry Fruits

(Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

Raisins, prunes, apricots, dates — all in moderation — can be eaten during summer too.

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5. Corn

(Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

Grilled or boiled, corn is ideal for summer as it is packed with antioxidants and fiber to help stabilise blood sugar throughout the day.

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All these will surely help you in surviving the ever increasing temperatures.

Word of advice: Avoid too much spice, chillies, peppers, meat, oily junk food, tea and coffee, taste add-ons like sauces and ice-cold drinks. Stick to room temperature beverages.

Have a happy summer!

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