The rising temperatures of summer cause intense thirst and heat. According to Ayurveda, this is pitta season, where the digestive fire is low and appetite is reduced. It is important that we eat the right foods to balance the three doshas.
In summer, we tend to prefer cooling drinks like aerated beverages, iced teas and chilled water. However, you shouldn’t consume extremely cold drinks, as they extinguish your body’s digestive fire. You should also avoid foods that are, fried, heavy or extremely spicy or salty as they are hard to digest. Instead, you should try to consume foods that are easy to digest, so you can stay light and happy this summer.
This is an unrefined form of sugar that boosts your energy levels and keeps heatstroke at bay. Sugarcane is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and Vitamin B. Being alkaline in nature, it helps maintain the pH balance in the body.
A traditional drink made of roasted gram flour, it has a powerful effect on the digestive system. This cool drink with protect you from the intense heat of summer, and is also a great option for diabetics as it has a low glycaemic index.
Curd or dahi is a natural probiotic and your belly’s best friend. Loaded with calcium and Vitamins K, B 5 and B 12, it also regulates the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. It can be eaten plain, with fruit, or in the form of buttermilk. Consuming it cools down the body instantly.
This naturally sweet beverage is an excellent source of electrolytes as it contains chlorides, potassium, magnesium, calcium, riboflavin and vitamin C.
Cucumbers are an essential ingredient of the perfect summer salad. They are known for their cooling properties and can be used both internally and externally. Cucumbers consist of more than 96 percent water, making them the food with the highest water content. Cucumber peels are rich in Vitamins A, C and folic acid.
These mouth-watering fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals like beta carotene and Vitamins B1 and B6. They help keep the body refreshed and hydrated during the long days of summer.
Raw mangoes are rich in Vitamins B and C, which help fight inflammation and strengthen the immune system. Aam ka panna (raw mango juice) and raw mango chutney are popular summer coolers that are used to prevent and treat heatstroke, nausea and gastro-intestinal disorder.