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SUMMER DIET TIPS BY DITI

DIET TIPS FOR SUMMER

Temperature rising and we are looking forward to longer days of summer. Though summer gives some relief from cold and chilly days, it may also bring along various health problems like dehydration, upset stomach, bacterial infections, heat stroke, etc. It is important to make sure you are eating the right foods and exercising the right way to fitness and health. Restore and replenish your skin and physical health as I suggest some amazing healthy diet tips to survive the sweltering summer.

Here are some healthy tips for summer.

1. Grab seasonal fruits and vegetables

Consuming seasonal foods have their own charm and health benefits. Always pick freshly harvested foods to extract the best benefits they have to offer. Load up on mangoes, plums, tomatoes, berries, watermelon, oranges, celery, etc.

2. Keep yourself hydrated

Drinking water is extremely important as it helps to rehydrate your body and helps it function better. Make sure you gulp down 8-10 glasses of water and ensure a well-hydrated body. Use homemade ORS (water+sugar+salt)

3. Avoid high protein food in lunch

Protein has high SDA than carbohydrate and fat. That mean protein gives more heat after digestion and raises your body heat. So, avoid high protein diet in lunch as commonly noon is hotter than morning and night.

4. Small meal

It takes longer for the stomach to digest food plus the hot weather does not allow you to load up on too many foods. It is good to have lighter meals rather than having heavy ones, especially at night.

5. Eat more cooling foods

Load up on more body cooling foods and more hydrating foods that will help you keep going in this heat. Eat more watermelon, coconut water, cucumber, mint, fennel seeds, etc

6. Choose fresh juices over cold drinks

Summers make you thirsty more often, which makes us resort to cold drinks and energy drinks that prove to be hazardous in the long run. Whenever you feel like quenching your thirst, prefer drinking orange juice or melon juice or coconut water.

7. Do not drink very chilled liquids.

They do not really help cool you down in summers, though they make you cool for some time. Drinking really cold liquids when feeling hot may lead to a slight constriction of the blood vessels in the skin and decrease heat loss, which is not advisable when trying to cool down.

8. Hygiene is the key to a healthy body

Make sure whatever you eat or drink on is clean and hygienic. You are prone to get bacterial infections from the utensils in restaurants and even at home. Always ensure they are clean and always wash your hands before eating.
 

The best choice of foods for the Indian summer

1.Watermelon
2.Tomato
3.Cucumber
4.Curd
5.Raita
6.Coconut water.
7.Mint.
8.Onion
9.Green leafy vegetable.
10.Fruite juice.

Last of all

1. Limit all strenuous activity.
2. Eat light, nutritious and non-fatty meals.
3. Minimize the intake of dried fruits.
4. Include lots of fruits and vegetables.
5. Avoid sugary foods.
6. Minimize the intake of hot, spicy foods and extremely salty foods. 13. Cut the intake of fried foods.
7. Avoid caffeinated or carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, and those high in sugar.
These healthy diet tips will ensure a happy and healthy you.
 

DITI PAUL BHATTACHARJEE
CONSULTANT NUTRITIONIST / DIETITIAN

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