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Eat cool in summers

Has that first hint of summer started upsetting your eating timetable? If yes, then here are a few tips that will help you beat the heat healthily, writes Chetna Joshi Bambroo.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2009 19:34 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

Has that first hint of summer started upsetting your eating timetable? If yes, then here are a few tips that will help you beat the heat healthily.

Stick to what experts say
Naresh Kumar, an aromatherapist and naturopath, says, “What to eat and what not to depends on the physiology of the body. But in summers one should have a healthy diet because due to sweating body becomes dehydrated and also loses a certain amount of oil and essential minerals.” So what should one do to build up the best of energy levels during summers? “The intake of liquids should be increased. Emphasis should be put on eating more green vegetables, especially spinach, as it’s rich in vitamin A and C — which provides antioxidant protection.”

Pinki Kumari, a nutritionist, says, “In summers one should drink as much water as one can, to avoid dehydration in the body” But there are people who don’t feel like having their meals because the intake of water gives a feeling as if their stomach is full. “Well! In that case one can switch to have buttermilk, lemon juice, nariyal-pani in between meals,” explains Pinki.

Dr Seema Malik, managing director, Eleganza, says, “Summer is the time when your appetite reduces, so I think one should experiment with the recipes. If you don’t like curd, make raita. Fruit salads, shakes, have food rich in proteins. Eat cool things in summers like watermelon.”

What to say ‘no’ to:
* Dieticians and nutritionists maintain that one should avoid having high calorie food as it’s difficult to digest and also it may make one feel nauseating.
* Avoid having aerated drinks.
* One should not have ice-cold water as it tampers with the body temperature [which is high] and will leave one feeling acidic, and in some cases a sore throat.
* Most importantly one should never skip a meal during summers, dehydration being the major factor.
* Avoid alcohol as it leaves your body parched.