10 Foods to Cool You in Summer Heat

ShaunakStarred Page By Shaunak, 9th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Summer is not only time when body needs right type of foods to keep up with increasing mercury levels, but it is also the time when you go out and do lots of outdoor activities. So stock up that refrigerator and kitchen with the right foods, not just to keep the temperature from raging but also to look and smell nice.

Summer - Gear up for the rising Mercury

Summer is at its peak and everybody is feeling the heat. Summer is the season when you've to gear up for the rise in mercury level. Eat the right foods that will keep you hydrated and healthy and take the opportunity to take care about your health properly. It is very important to follow a healthy nutrition plan in summer as a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables is available at the market. Eating light is the mantra for summer. This helps the heart and digestive system to remain healthy and function well.

So, summer is just the time to put off weight, cleanse our body from harmful toxins and stimulate metabolism. So here are Summer Diet Tips to keep you Cool and healthy.

I. Drink Lots of Water

Water is a key ingredient in keeping the body cool. Water is most essential in summers when the body is naturally losing it. With high humidity levels, sweat will not evaporate quickly. This prevents the body from releasing heat in an efficient manner. This is why it is necessary to hydrate and drink water, even when you are not thirsty. Increase water intake regardless of your activity levels.

II. Avoid caffeinated or carbonated beverages.

When the summer heat is rising, you're looking for ways to keep you cool off quickly. For this Everyone, especially kids start reaching for diet sodas, ice cubes and the remote to the air conditioner. But we should keep it in our mind that this quick relief can create a lot of problems. It is said that anything lower than your actual body temperature produces a cooling effect only initially. Then, after about 20 minutes, the opposite happens. Sodas and aerated drinks acts as dehydrating agents, so you should avoid them

III. Eat More Fresh fruits and Vegetables

Summer is the time when you should be looking for having fresh fruits and vegetables. Try different types of fruit and veggeis every day. Those can be any types of your favorite greens, sweet or juicy fruit like strawberries, cherries, apricot, pineapple, berries and so on, or crunchy veggies like bell peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, carrots and so on. However try avoiding fruits which cause increase in body heat like like spinach, radish, hot peppers, onions, garlic, beetroot, pineapple, grapefruits. Mangos should be eaten after overnight soaking or after cooling it in fridge. Instead of regular fruits try fresh berries, melons, greens, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, pea pods, and all the super-nutritious and low-calorie fruits, greens and vegetables that grow in the garden this time of year.

IV. Minimise the intake of hot, spicy foods and salty foods.

In Summers, You should avoid taking hot and spicy foods as these remain in the body and cause dehydration by causing excessive sweating, which can be quite harmful and unpleasant in the summer months. These foods often contain various types of Inorganic Salts. The body retains salt in the organic form found in fruits & veggies, however, the inorganic salt needs to be removed out of the body. So, avoid excessive salts as constant water is needed to remove these of the body.

V. Add Selenium Rich Foods

Summer is the time when your skin is having a very hard time. You need to take care of your Skin properly. Selenium is regarded as effective against various summer related skin disorders and is known to protect skin against UV-induced damage and cancer. Selenium deficiency compromises protective antioxidant enzymes in the skin and can cause abnormalities during summers For this add selenium rich foods, such as cottage cheese, brown rice,Fish, eggs, mushrooms and sunflower seeds to your diet. Selenium is an essential mineral for a youthful, glowing skin.

VI. Add Gazpaccho

Chilled summer soup is a refreshing option with a sandwich. You eat salad vegetables right out of the fridge; why not go for a flavor-packed refrigerated soup, too? With a few fresh veggies and a food processor, you can create a memorable meal with Latin flare that doesn't contain fat or a lot of sodium. Gazpacho thickened with bread crumbs (the Portuguese way) has a nice broth, and the tomatoes and cucumbers give it just-picked goodness. It's full of nutrients, easy to make and low in calories. What's not to like?

VII. Eat Watermelons

No other fruit says summer like the subtly crunchy, thirst quenching watermelon. Watermelon have many health benefits in summer and is most popular summer fruit. Although watermelons can now be found in the markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is in the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality.

One of the main health benefits of watermelon is its status as a powerful antioxidant. Watermelons are a rich source of natural antioxidants and vitamin A and C which helps to neutralize free radicals than can lead to inflammation, general sickness and chronic illnesses such as stroke and heart attack. Also it makes you feel healthy and energetic. The perfect companion for summers

Watermelons have huge amounts of beta-carotene, a powerful ally against many types of cancer, particularly colon cancer. Also, a carotenoid found in abundance in watermelon provides additional cancer fighting health benefits of watermelon.So eat watermelon to fight off cancer!

Last but definitely not the least- watermelon has very high water content and healthy amount of fiber and protein. It increase your metabolism and has fat burning benefits. So if you want to stay slim and flaunt your body at the beach, this is your best friend

VIII. Minimize the Intake of Dry Foods

Dried foods cause heating of body so these should be avoided, instead concentrate on fresh summer foods. Also, these foods are very high in Fat and Oil Content, which also has a thermal effect and heats up your body. For Example, if you eat five avocados, that’s the equivalent of almost an entire cup of oil. Now, Imagine how would you feel if you sat down and drank a cup of oil?

IX. Cut the Intake of fried foods

Fried and oily foods should be avoided as much as possible during summer. These causes increase in body heat and slows you down, when you should be going outdoors. Fatty foods, especially the fried variety, are digested more slowly, causing you to feel heavy and bloated and increases your internal body temperature.The long term harms are also there. So in Summer to stay cool avoid fried foods, but if you need fried foods, eat the healthy kind- fats having monounsaturated fatty acids which can be found in Olive oil.

X. Ice Cream

Surprised! well Its summer and you should be allowed one food that everyone loves. Summer wouldn't be nearly as nice without ice cream, and your favorite brand will taste even better when you use it in these fun and interesting ice cream-based desserts. If you have a weekend afternoon to spare, try making your own ice cream concoctions. Whatever be your taste and choice, summers are never the same without the ice-creams. So have a feast.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Jun 2012 (#)

yummy yum yum..great page Shaunuk...I agree with all you write...wish I could eat fish but most of it smells so bad here in Los Angeles...I do miss the Atlantic fish...cold water fish is so much nicer and I wont buy farmed fish...
I stay out of the sun most of the time anyway...thank you so much

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
9th Jun 2012 (#)

Great article Shaunak. And congrats for the star.

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author avatar Denise O
9th Jun 2012 (#)

Good advice for keeping cool and healthy during the summer time. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tess Irons
10th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks for this article, Shaun. It's very informative and helpful.

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author avatar ShaneCold
10th Jun 2012 (#)

Very Informative and Good Article . Thanks for the wonderful tips

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author avatar Sanskriti
10th Jun 2012 (#)

yum yum, i love IceCream

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author avatar vpaulose
13th Jun 2012 (#)

Interesting info to face summer. Thanks.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
26th Jun 2012 (#)

Wonderful page, Shaunak. You have put in a lot of work, the pictures and the descriptions of different foods are so impressive.
Good information. I am drinking a lot of green tea now.

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author avatar Ptrikha
27th Jul 2012 (#)

The tip on having lower intake of dry fruits is a good one, one I was not aware of.

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author avatar Samridhi55
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Nice little piece of informations. Thanks for sharing

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