With each passing day, summer becomes unbearable, with maximum temperatures breaking records. Several regions are in the grip of a painful heat wave, causing dehydration and requiring medical attention. 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 temperature, without having to turn on the air conditioner all the time. Truly healthy things, she says, consider the health of our bodies and the planet.
Here is what Rujuta Diwekar recommends you do:
1) Have a local fruit mid-morning
These fruits are rich in flavor and taste. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants. Rujuta Diwekar asked his followers to look for fruits that ooze juice when bitten.
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 restore your appetite and make you feel great, says the nutritionist. It will also control your cravings for salt or sugar that you get random during the summer months.
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3) Gulkand water at bedtime
This will help you reduce eye strain and sleep well. It will also reduce cramps and pain in the 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 described some of the health issues that can arise as a direct result of rising temperature.
1) Acidity: Acidity is one of the most common health problems reported during the summer. It occurs when excessive heat in the body causes the production of a large 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 gets worse because heat can cause blood vessels and capillaries to expand.
3) Headaches: The frequency of headaches can increase during the summer months due to dehydration, environmental pollution, heat exhaustion and even heatstroke.
4) Fatigue: This is a common sign of dehydration in the summer.
5) Indigestion: The increase in temperature weakens the digestive system, resulting in indigestion.
Here is the Instagram post:
With the heat showing no signs of abating, follow these dietary tips and eat healthy to stay cool this summer.