The daunting Indian summer season has arrived. The heatwaves are gradually getting nastier, and the humidity is slowly building up. The scorching summer heat often leads to physical complications such as dehydration, exhaustion, heat strokes, upset stomach, loss of energy, bacterial infections, etc.
Therefore, it becomes crucial to consume the right kind of food to stay fit and healthy during summers. It assumes even more significance considering the current pandemic. If you do not eat the proper diet, it can weaken your body and increase your chances of catching the deadly disease. We have brought together the top 7 diet and nutrition tips to follow this summer that would help you stay fit, healthy, and immune. Let us start.
1. Consume Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
Although most fruits and vegetables today are available around the year, you should consume more seasonal fruits and vegetables. Seasonal fruits and vegetables such as mangoes, cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, berries, plums, oranges, etc., provide a host of health benefits and help you beat the high temperatures.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
There is nothing more important during summers than to keep your body hydrated. Ensure that you drink at least 8-12 glasses of water to help your body function better. Just one word of caution, though. As much as possible, avoid drinking chilled water as it is harmful to your health.
3. Eat Light Meals
During the summer season, your stomach takes longer to digest food. If you try to eat too many varieties in excessive quantities, your digestive system can go for a toss. Therefore, we recommend that you keep your meals light and healthy, especially at night.
4. Include More Cooling Foods in Your Diet
Cooling foods such as sesame, coconut, cucumbers, watermelon, fennel seeds, mint, etc., are excellent sources of hydration. Ensure that you include more cooling foods in your diet to help you lower down your body temperature and keep going in the heat.
5. Make Way for Fresh Juices
You are bound to feel thirsty more often during the summer season. Most of the time, we tend to resort to cold and energy drinks, thinking they will help. What we do not realize is how hazardous they are for our health. The next time you feel thirsty, we recommend drinking fresh juices instead. You can also try plant-based collagen drinks that are far more healthy and nutritious.
6. Cut down on Fried Snacks
Most of us are in love with our fried snacks. We never let go of opportunities to feast on pizzas, burgers, mutton and chicken rolls, and other fried food items. While they are difficult to digest, they also do not add any nutritional value. Ensure that you keep lighter and healthier snack options such as fruits, nuts, seeds, oats, etc., handy whenever you feel like grabbing a quick bite.
7. Ensure Proper Hygiene
Ensuring proper hygiene was paramount yesterday, and it has assumed even more significance today because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Please ensure everything you eat or drink is clean, hygienic, and free of bacteria. It does not matter if you are eating at home or ordering from restaurants; the utensils should be clean. You should wash and sanitize your hands properly before eating.
The Covid-19 crisis today has acquired dangerous proportions. You not only need to safeguard yourself against the scorching heat but also the deadly virus. Following the tips listed above will help ensure that you stay in the best shape to fight both.