Gone are those short cold days of winter. The hot long ones are here and bringing about healthy changes in your diet is important to combat the burning heat of Indian Summers. A summer food intake is necessary to deal with the dehydration and fatigue offered by the onslaught of the burning hot sun. To help you in planning your summer diet better, here is a list of food items that are not only nutritious but will also help you stay quenched and cool during the hot days ahead.

List of foods that best for you:

Fresh Vegetables: The fresh vegetables available during this season are rich sources of minerals and water, help in combating dehydration. Veggies also form a powerhouse of good health and must be included in the daily diet. Rich in fibre content, they reduce the risk of health conditions like hypertension, diabetes and heart problems. The minerals and vitamins present in vegetables promote good health. They are also rich in antioxidants that have cancer fighting properties.

Heat fighting vegetables that are easily available are garlic, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, pumpkins, lettuce, tomatoes and gourds. It is needless to say, that they are loaded with disease fighting compounds that promote good health and longevity. Try to include salads in your diet. Raw salads help you get maximum benefits.

Seasonal fruits: Nature has wonderfully created summer fruits like mangoes, jack fruits, melons and they are a rich source of potassium. Potassium helps in regulation of body heat and prevents dehydration. Mangoes and jack fruit contains beta carotene which is a cancer fighting agent. Having a mango every day during the season helps you in building your body’s stock for beta carotene for the whole year. However, one should go easy with these fruits as they are also high in calories and not advisable for people suffering with diabetes. They can also upset your stomach if taken in large quantities. Anything when taken in moderation is good for health.

Watermelons are great summer fruits. You can eat as much watermelon as possible this summer. Watermelons contain 92% water and are loaded with potassium and magnesium. They are great dehydration fighters. You can also include fruits like musk melons, bananas and chikoos. They provide good amount of energy for you to carry out all your tasks with ease.

Gear up for the rise in mercury level. Eat the right foods that will keep you hydrated and healthy. So stock up that refrigerator and kitchen with the right foods, not just to keep the temperature from raging but also to look and smell nice.

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