Hydration mantra

– By Angana Sengupta

Sun + heat= sweat

With the mercury level reaching new heights I am sure everyone is facing this problem. The increase in humidity is only helping in losing out on energy. Thus we need to keep a track of the nutrients that we losing and one of the most important nutrients is water. To stay hydrated and cool this summer all you have to do is take care of your diet and a little bit of exercise. Here are some tips as to what to eat and drink this summer.

  1. Iced coffee

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Rather than starting your day with a hot cup of tea or coffee, try a glass of cold coffee. It’s refreshing and helps to control the body heat. Even more, a cup of coffee also helps in reducing the risk of developing skin cancer.

  1. Watermelon

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Summer does not mean that you only have to increase the amount of water you drink. You can also eat to stay hydrated. Watermelon is one of those fruits that have 92% of water content. Thus all you have to do is get a watermelon, store it in your fridge and then eat it up. It also consists of antioxidants that are good for your skin. So next time if you see that your skin is glowing, you know whom to thank.

  1. Curd/Yoghurt

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Curd is an exceptionally good coolant and helps in maintaining the body temperature in summers. You can make delicious butter milk or raita or chaach out of it, or you can simply eat it the way it is.

  1. Cucumber

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Want a solution for constipation this summer? Try out cucumber for a change. This veggie is high on fiber which helps to reduce the problem of constipation. It also helps in keeping the body hydrated.

  1. Corn

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A natural sunglass-sweet corn consists of lutein and zeaxanthin- the two antioxidants which help in forming a pigment that protects the eyes from the harmful rays. The corn also helps in maintaining eyesight in the long run.

  1. Fat free or skimmed milk

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As everyone knows that milk is an excellent source of calcium, it’s a must have during summer. Have cold milk or make a milkshake out of it, but have milk on a regular basis. Research shows that milk is even better than water to rehydrate after exercise. So, after some hardcore workout you know what to look for!

  1. Green Veggies

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I know green veggies are such a turn off for us but then we fail to realize the benefits they have. Though it’s good to have veggies throughout the year, but one should take an extra helping of them during the summers. They are high on water content and thus overcooking of the veggies should be avoided.

  1. Iced tea

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Want something refreshing after a long days work? Then why wait? A glass full of iced tea is your next destination. Add lemon to it and yes you are surely on a trip to heaven. Other than the refreshing effect, tea also helps in reducing the chances of Alzheimer’s and diabetes gives us healthier teeth and strong bones.

  1. Coconut water

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To look young this summer drink a lot of coconut water. Research has proved that coconut water has anti-ageing properties. Plus it helps to keep your body cool. It has simple sugars, electrolytes and essential minerals which help to keep the body well hydrated. so now you know what not to ignore if you want to look young in summer?

  1. Lime water

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For people who do not want to increase their caffeine intake, a glass of chilled lime water is all they need. It’s not only refreshing but also helps in reducing fats. Add mint to it and you will have an instant cooling effect which surely will last long.  Have it chilled and beat the heat.

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