Summer is blessing for some and curse for others and I am in the second category. Modestly, summer doesn’t bring much of joy or health for people like me who are allergic to sun rays and with sensitive skin type. If you manage your diet wisely in summer then it could be a recipe for healthy summer diet. Let me tell you what I usually do in summer as far as eating and dieting is concerned
Drink Plenty of Water – Keep Dehydration away
I drink normal water on room temperature when I feel thirsty, that too bit more than my thirst. Kid inside me lures me to drink soft drinks, energy drinks, arrested water, chilled water, carbonated drinks and many more but for me health is much more important than impulsive desires. Cold drinks and carbonated drinks make several damages to your body that you can’t even think of. So better stick to normal water which has several health benefits. Keeping our body hydrated during summer is very important, otherwise dehydration can cause several long term and short term damages to our body. One habit I developed over the time is to keep a cool looking water bottle in my hand whenever I step out, it gives me a few sips of water whenever I need and also adds to the style statement.
Extra care of Hygiene – Keep Infections at bay
My 5 year old son always plays like he’s playing the last time, and at any point of time I find him dirty and dusty. Hence I have to ask him to wash his hands frequently. In summer bacteria and germs are very much active because they get the ideal temperature to survive and multiply. So children and elderly people are on high risk of getting infected. So in summer taking extra care of hygiene is essential. I have developed a habit of keeping small bottle in sanitizer in my purse, so anywhere I go with my hubby and son I have the liberty to sanitize our hands before and after eating anything. These small steps certainly makes the summer a healthy season.
Eat Light – Tackle Digestion Problems
We prefer more fruits and raw vegetables in summers compared to cooked, backed or fried foods. In summer, digestion capability of our body is not at its peak. So we have to modify our eating habits and start eating light food. Light food refers to low calorie foods. So, fried foods, spicy foods or any food which takes longer time for digestion should be avoided in the summer. Digestion process needs energy for eating, absorbing, extraction nutrients from food and separating the waste from food. Human body will extract energy from eaten food to digest the food; this is called the thermal effect of the food. Foods which are high on Fat have very low thermal effect, hence such food are not advisable in summer.
Limit Salt and Sugar for Water Retention
Salt and Sugar and Honey are water retention agents, in summer external temperature is higher than normal body temperature, hence internal mechanism of human body tries to keep the body cool by sweating the water from the body. If the intake of salt and sugar is high then it will hamper this natural body process and cause a medical condition called water retention. This can lead to high blood pressure, weight gain and other medical conditions. Instead you should take natural sugar in fruits.
Balance the Body Fluid
In summers too much sweating leads to loss of body fluid, this condition can lead to dehydration, dryness of the skin, digestion problems, weakness and nausea. To balance the body fluid we should drink enough water, eat watery fruits and avoid spicy and fried foods. I personally prefer to start my day in summer with a glass of lemon juice, after afternoon nap I take a glass of coconut water and in both meals we take a glass of buttermilk.
What to Eat, What to not?
Simple rule of thumb I follow is eat whatever is raw, and avoid whatever is cooked. I eat lots of fruits and vegetable to minimize my hunger during main course, salad and fresh juices are best options for snacks. But one should minimize the intake of dry fruits as they are hard to digest. However some fruits and vegetables too are hard to digest and should be avoided, like spinach, radish, onion, garlic, beetroot, pineapple, grapefruit, mangoes, and hot peppers. And avoid chilled liquids as it creates unexpected heat inside the body. Human body reacts to each temperature, if you eat hot, it will create cool inside and if you eat cold, it will create heat inside.
This is learning from my personal experiences, myself and my family is highly benefited from these simple tips in summer.