With each passing day, the summer is becoming unbearable, with maximum temperatures shattering records. Several areas are battling a punishing heatwave, leading to dehydration and necessitating medical care. Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar has provided some recommendations to help us beat the heat. In an Instagram post, she highlighted three local, seasonal, and traditional foods that we can use to lower our body's temperature, without having to turn on the air conditioner all the time. Things that are truly healthy, she says, take into account the health of both our bodies and the planet.
Here's what Rujuta Diwekar recommends you do:
1) Have a local fruit mid-morning
These fruits are rich in their flavour and taste. They are a great source of antioxidants as well. Rujuta Diwekar asked her followers to look for fruits that ooze juice when they are bitten into.
2) Dahi (curd) rice for lunch (with pickle or papad)
Curd rice is a good prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotic food. Eating this for lunch will bring back your appetite and you will feel good, says the nutritionist. It will also control your salt or sugar cravings that you get randomly in the summer months.
3) Gulkand water at bedtime
This will help you reduce eye fatigue and sleep well. It will also reduce cramps and pain in your legs. Mix a teaspoon of gulkand - made from dried rose petals and sugar - in a glass of water and drink before going to bed.
Rujuta Diwekar also outlined some of the health problems that may occur as a direct result of the rise in temperature.
1) Acidity: Acidity is one of the most common health problems reported during summer. It is experienced when excessive heat in the body leads to the production of a high amount of acid. Symptoms of acidity are heartburn, bad breath, and sour tongue.
2) Bloating: It can be much worse in summer compared to other seasons. It worsens because the heat can cause the blood vessels and capillaries to expand.
3) Headache: The frequency of headaches may rise during the summer months because of dehydration, environmental pollution, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke.
4) Fatigue: It is a common sign of dehydration in the summer season.
5) Indigestion: The rise in temperature weakens the digestive system, leading to indigestion.
Here's the Instagram post:
With the heat showing no signs of abating, follow these food tips and eat healthy to stay cool this summer.