Summers are here with all their heat, sweat and high humidity levels leaving you exhausted and de-energised. Its time that you deck up your refrigerator with all the healthy foods and get rid of all the fried and cheesy stuffs as this time of the year is meant to say yes to an abundance of fresh, delicious and healthy choices.
Here are a few fresh and nutritious power foods that you should indulge in to keep you healthy this summer.
Avocadoes: Avocado is one food that has an alkalising factor. Avocados are a rich source of Vitamin E which is essential for glowing skin, prolonging of the ageing of the skin and shining hair. It is also a rich source of potassium that prevents high blood pressure and helps in fluid retention.
Melons: Watermelons and muskmelons have an alkalising effect on the body. They contain nutrients like selenium, Vitamins A, B, C and E, essential fats and zinc, which provides the body with essential fluids thereby keeping you hydrated during summers. They are also known to be one of the best anti-ageing foods. Watermelons also help improve cholesterol levels reduce the risk of developing heart diseases.
Mangoes: The ‘king of all fruits’ mango is one of the seasonal fruit that you should surely indulge in. Fresh mango is an excellent source of potassium and therefore helps in controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Studies suggest that mangoes protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Also, drinking ‘aam panna’ during summers helps one fight against dehydration.
Cucumber: After reaching back to one’s abode after perspiring all day, eating a slice of cucumber is one really good option to revitalize your weary senses. Cucumber contains a large amount of water which keeps one hydrated while helping the body eliminates toxins. It is also useful to treat skin irritations and sunburns. You can also put them on your eyes to help reduce puffiness and treat dark circles. Not just this, studies suggest that cucumber also helps in curing diabetes, reduces cholesterol levels and control blood pressure.
Yogurt: Yogurt contains important minerals like potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins. Most important of all it contains bacteria which helps in absorption of nutrients in the intestines and stabilises the immune system. Yogurt is also good for the skin. It has excellent anti-fungal properties. Regular application of yogurt on the affected sites works like magic and cures skin infections permanently, even without the use of medicines.
Green vegetables: Green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, lettuce, salad leaves act as great antioxidants and are a good source of Vitamin C that prevents fine lines. For this reason these are highly beneficial for the body. They also contain lycopene and beta-carotene which help block UV rays to thwart ageing. Not only do they help keep the body weight under control but also help fight toxins and keeps all kind of diseases at bay.
Water: It flushes out all the toxins from the body and also provides fluidity for the flow of blood. It is advisable to consume as much water as possible for that healthy and glowing skin. But, it is recommended to have at least 8 glasses of water to keep diseases at bay. Also, one should drink lemon juice, fresh fruit juices, coconut water, buttermilk, to replenish the fluids that are lost in sweat.
Compilation by: Shruti Saxena