Every year summer creeps up and gets me unprepared do these thoughts come to your mind too? YES! WORRY NOT! I am here to get you summer ready!! After experiencing temperatures of up to 41 Degrees this month it’s high time you consider summer heat seriously and get yourself prepared.
You know summer’s the perfect time to switch to flip-flops, but did you know it’s also the right time to change your diet too? Being outdoors or indoor sweating has to happen in summer, due to which health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, a headache can happen. The simple way to get rid and fight the heat is by Eating local, in-season fruits. Their nutrients are at their peak in the summer. So let get the most of the season.
Some useful tips you can follow to beat the summer heat:
• Water is the best option to quench thirst and keep you hydrated.
• Avoid caffeinated or carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, and those high in sugar drinks.
• Drink lemon juice, coconut water, and thin buttermilk, to replenish the fluids that are lost in sweat.
• 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.
• Watermelon has leukopin which acts as an antioxidant. It will keep you fresh and stress-free. It maintains water and fluid content of the body. Make a drink with watermelon, lime, and salt for a refreshing break, best for tea time hunger.
• For summers, the key to keep cool is to eat light. This helps your heart and the digestive system remains healthy and functions well.
• Rub skin of fruits on your skin
• Rub a piece of Aloe Vera on tanned skin
• My summer skin secret- ALOE VERA CUBES – All you need is aloe Vera gel, an ice tray, and a freezer. If you prefer it even fresher, you can peel and squeeze it straight from the plant. You’ll be surprised how good the frozen gel feels on your skin! Can be used for hair as well.
• Apply a mixture of honey and lemon juice in equal amounts on the face and leave it for 20 minutes. It is a very effective and simple remedy for tan removal.
• Cucumber juice will also help to reduce the effect of harsh sun rays. It also helps in removing pimples, blackheads and other stains of the skin and makes the skin soft.
• A paste made out of gram flour, milk and a few drops of lime juice should be applied on the face… Leave it for 30 minutes before washing.
• Orange juice helps in giving a smooth and soft skin.
• Summers cause a build-up of sweat on the scalp, leading to irritation.
• Sweat attracts pollution and dust, which builds up in your hair. You need to clean it off regularly with a deep cleaning shampoo and summers are the time you go for swims, and the chlorine present in the pool penetrates your hair strands, which makes them brittle and dry.
• To break down the build-up and clear up the chlorine, you need a clarifying shampoo.
• I prefer to stay indoors from 12 pm to 4 pm and at other times use a scarf/umbrella and wear sun shades.
• My summer special soup – Take fresh cucumber, carrot, lettuce, mint and spinach blend and blend and we are ready! Best when served with a dash of fresh lime and garnished with cilantro or parsley.
• Grilled veggies – It is an ideal plate for the meals for all seasons.The dish can include asparagus, brinjal, carrots, cauliflower, beans, tomatoes, peppers, paneer and other fresh vegetables. The dish is semi cooked with minimum spices and so super light to digest in summer, I love it with lime and pepper and Italian seasoning along with fresh fruit juice or lime juice.
• My personal favorite colorful berries including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries, it contains antioxidants that help in preventing the damage of cells bust summer fillers. Be it juices or topped with overnight oats it’s always refreshing.
• My summer parfait made with layers of yogurt, Chia seeds/basil seeds, seasonal fruits and berries and seasoning with nuts or chocolate chips.
• Tamarind juice with salt sugar and black pepper and lemon juice with salt and sugar should be taken regularly to avoid the symptoms of heat stroke.
• I include lots of fresh yogurt in form of lassi made with basil seeds and gulkand or plain curd with rice or buttermilk.
Please read my next article in which I will be sharing few secret summer recipes!