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How to Eat Properly to Beat the Summer Heat!

How to Eat Properly to Beat the Summer Heat!
The long, hot summer has announced its arrival with the cooing of the maynah, and the advent of the refreshing water melon and kairi to titillate the taste buds. As the mercury rises in the thermometer and our bodies reluctantly adjust to the sweltering heat, a sense of lethargy and listlessness threatens to overcome us and the rivulets of sweat trickling down our body threaten to dehydrate us.
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  • The long, hot summer has announced its arrival with the cooing of the maynah, and the advent of the refreshing water melon and kairi to titillate the taste buds. As the mercury rises in the thermometer and our bodies reluctantly adjust to the sweltering heat, a sense of lethargy and listlessness threatens to overcome us and the rivulets of sweat trickling down our body threaten to dehydrate us.

  • What we eat and more importantly-drink will make a difference to our ability to cope with the heat and ward off inertia and dehydration. 

    Here are tips that will enable your body to cope better with the heat and survive the long, hot summer ahead.

  • Water makes up 80 per cent of our bodies and adequate water consumption is essential when the heat and humidity are depleting your body of its water content. Water may be obtained in the form of other beverages tool however an excess of sweet drink, fruit juices etc. will add to your calorie count, while aerated drink,, tea and coffee will also act as diuretics and contribute to dehydration.

  • Fruits and vegetables tend to be high in water content, while providing various essential vitamins and minerals. However, some fruits and vegetables have a higher water content than others and what makes them particularly appealing is the fact that their calorie content is often linked to their water content. Vegetables like cucumber, let tuce and celery have a very high water content, while their calorie content is very low.

  • Corresponding, watermelon grapefruit, strawberries and cantaloupe also have a high water content and low calorie content.

  • While fresh fruits are high in fiber and nutrients and low in calories, fruit juices, although they are healthy beverages, contain little dietary fiber compared with the fruit itself. This means that juices are less effective at stabilizing blood sugar levels than the fruit or vegetable itself. Furthermore, fruit flavored drinks, as well as many packaged fruit juices comprise water and sugar largely and contain no nutritional benefits.

  • It is better to avoid eating fruit immediately after a meal, since it interferes with the functioning of the digestive system at that time. Furthermore while five portions of a variety of fruits and vegetables is recommended for a healthy diet, fruits do have calories which can get stored as fat. Consuming an excess of fruits and vegetables may also temporarily cause abdominal and gastric discomfort or diarrhea.

  • There are certain kinds of foods that require less water for digestion and they therefore assist the body in retaining water and remaining hydrated. These include the following:

  • • Yogurt and cheese
    • Buttermilk (lassi)
    • Rice and rice products, including pasta make out of rice flour
    • Millets, oats and couscous
    • Potato and sweet potato
    • Sprouts like alfalfa, sprouted seeds

  • On the other hand, certain foods contribute to dehydration. These include:

  • • Salty or sugary snacks
    • Oily or fatty foods
    • Dry roasted and salted seeds, grains or nuts
    • Aerated drinks, tea and coffee
    • Chocolate
    • Foods with preservatives

  • During the long, hot months ahead, favour fresh fruits and vegetables and foods that are light and easy to digeat, since keeping cool starts from within.

  • Important Note: The articles presented are provided by third party authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of KhanaPakana.com. They should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis. Consult with your physician prior to following any suggestions provided.

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