Summer is synonymous with fruity mocktails, days by the pool and frozen desserts. It’s all about beating the heat!
The onset of summer also means you need to start inculcating some cooling ingredients in your daily diet to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Did you know there are a lot of common food items that help to beat the scorching summer heat? Every ingredient has unique properties of its own which lend to its nutritional value and help keep you cool and relaxed throughout the sweaty months. What are these ingredients, you ask? Read on...
Cool as cucumbers
With summer comes the need to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Cucumber is made of 96 percent water, and this spells hydration! Packed with magnesium and potassium, cucumbers make for a great cooling agent, especially when temperatures are soaring. You can either snack on cucumber slices and hummus or add lots of cucumber and lemon to a healthy green juice.
Love for lemons
It’s important to drink a lot of water every day. However, if plain old H2O is not encouraging you to keep yourself hydrated, then add lemon to your water. Citrus not only has a cooling effect on the body but also promotes detoxification. Rich in vitamin C, lemons help eliminate dark spots, pigmentation, heal acne and brighten skin, amongst many other skin and immunity-boosting benefits.
Celery is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and flavonoids which help in flushing toxins out from your body. Packed with vitamins A, B, C and K, celery helps repair skin damage and keeps your skin nourished as well as hydrated. You can either make it a part of your salads, stir-fries, steamed dishes or soups. Adding celery to your regular diet will help you feel cool and healthy.
Grab some green beans
You’ll be surprised to know that green beans are not just highly nutritious but also super hydrating. They are light on the stomach, low in calories and packed with earthy flavours. These can be steamed, boiled or even added in various types of curries or salads of your choice.
Buttermilk is best
A single glass of buttermilk everyday fulfils 28 percent of your daily hydration requirement. This is why it’s best to include one glass of buttermilk in your everyday diet. Buttermilk washes down the oil, butter and ghee that coat your oesophagus and stomach, making you feel much lighter.
Written by Fatema Habib on Feb 05, 2019