Help your body this summer to combat the heat by choosing appropriate foods that nature provides. Always eat in accordance with the cycle of the seasons. Maintain the body rhythm and adapt it accordingly to the changes in the weather and lifestyle. Here's a list of foods to cool in the summer heat:
- Consume it as a snack or add in salads.
- Use cucumber juice to provide cooling effect on sunburns by rubbing it directly on skin.
- Place cucumber slices on eyes to beat the heat.
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Melons such as watermelon, muskmelon are known to rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin by providing water, Vitamin C, iron, sodium and potassium.
- Drink watermelon juice regularly during summer.
- Eat melons to make up for the loss in sweat.
Citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges are excellent source of Vitamin C, electrolytes as well as fibre.
Mangoes both raw and ripe are in thing in summer. Where raw mangoes are known for their cooling effect and often consumed as raw mango drinks as panha; ripe mangoes are best to be indulged in just as it is or to prepare really awesome cooling treats such as milkshakes, smoothies, mango shrikhand and so on.
Kokum, readily available in most Indian households is naturally endowed with cooling effects. Enjoy kokum syrup or simply add kokum to sabzis and dals.
Really cooling, can be added to faloodas, milkshakes and many other summer drinks.
An ideal and easily available summer drink!
Jeera (cumin) has cooling properties and when roasted and crushed, can be mixed with other spices and added to chilled drinks. Works as best appetizers.
Hearbal teas when served hot can be ideal replacement for caffeine containing brews.
Known to be really helpful during summer, soak them for few hours in water and munch them!
Curd is a great cooler, especially when served as buttermilk or lassi in summer.