Summers needs a two-thronged solution, one to keep replenishing body fluids and then cool the body!
Here are some of the tips that will help you to achieve this.
Tip 1: Go on more of rice and millet, stay away from wheat. Have more of legume than pulses.
Tip 2: Salads are the saviours; they keep you hydrated and provide the all-important fibre to keep your body cool.
Tip 3: Fruits are a must eat every day. Don’t worry much about the ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ concepts. Have any fruit with more than 80% moisture.
Tip 4: Curds will be a great add-on to your general diet. Eat or drink the way you want. They are such great pro-biotics that can keep you away from diseases and cool your body at the same time. Butter milk is a great drink. Just combine them with veggies like cucumber or carrot in grated form for a nourishing drink break.
Tip 5: Cut back on sugars and fats as far as possible. Go for shallow fried dishes, fruit juices with natural sweeteners. Use gingely oil daily in your cooking. A simple drink with jaggery water with a squeeze of lime is no match to any of those fizzy drinks.
Tip 6: Add a lot of natural coolants such as Gulkhnad (rose petal halwa), Kokum, Green mangoes and coconut water to daily diet whenever possible.
Tip 7: Have loads of fluids but cut down on coffee and tea as caffeine can dehydrate the body. Also do not go on too much of chilled aerated beverages. These are loaded with sodium and make you even more thirsty. Carry out a bottle of water with you wherever you go!
Tip 8: Green tea is must if you are unable to avoid the junk foods! Chilled green tea is great, make shots with almond, resins or sabja seeds and try mocktails with elaneer or tender coconut water. Do not avoid milk though as it is a great coolants too as rich in vitamin B. Also acts as an antidote for many of those ‘heaty’ foods.
Tip 9: Have foods rich in iron as they enhance the absorption many nutrients that can keep you disease free through the hot days. Green fruits and vegetables is must on your daily diet.
Tip 10: Take green breaks from AC environment whenever possible to get some fresh air and to help your body to replenish fluids.
Tip 11: Take an early morning walk or late evening walk at least for 10 minutes every day. Try and hit the pool once in a week.
Tip 12: Eating ice-creams is not harmful. Do combine them with fruits and nuts. Also try some homemade recipes to avoid the chemicals. Go in for some health friendly deserts based on millets and unrefined cereals.
Grandma’s advise of a castor oil massage below your feet helps. It is time to get back the oil massage for your head too.
Go bust the heat this summer.