Beat the heat!
FOODS that keeps you COOL
When the sun shines bright, too bright, it brings down the energy levels. Loss of appetite, sun-strokes, burning sensation are all effects of the hot season. Indian food is filled with re-energisers, and some of them are easily available in your kitchen! Cool your body and mind with these refreshing super foods.
1. Cardamom (Elaichi)
Look no further than your cup of elaichi chai for an instant cool down. Cardamom, an original Indian spice, is commonly used in Ayurveda for almost any ailment like digestion and has wonderful detoxifying properties to effectively cool down even the hottest of days.
The phrase “cool as a cucumber” is not without merit; this vegetable’s high water content reduces heat and inflammation. Adding a crunchy cool cucumber to your salads is a good way to increase your fibre intake. Grind cucumber and add mint leaves for a refreshing drink in the summers.
3. Basil (Tulsi)
Fresh juice from basil leaves acts as a natural cleanser and sunscreen for your face. (Drink it, don’t smear it over your face.) The easiest way to eat these leaves is just add them as garnishing to a pizza, soups, and curries or throw them in a stir-fry.
Coconut helps protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature ageing and degenerative diseases. It relieves stress on the pancreas. Freshen up with a glass of coconut water to stay hydrated and younger for longer.
5. Mint (Pudina)
Mint is the best remedy for bad breath. It can also serve as a cooling spice, especially in the long hot days of summer. Add mint to your salad or beverage, such as tea or lemonade, to add that extra cooling effect to your taste buds.
Even John Abraham’s dashing good looks can be dimmed by summer heat. Papaya comes to the rescue for you – its vitamin E content minimises the formation of wrinkles and delays the ageing process. The papain enzyme works as a great skin renewal agent by removing dead skin and revealing fresh, glowing skin.
Chilled mangoes are the juiciest way to cool off, but if you’re looking for a bit of spice, try this: Unripe mangoes are a rich source of pectin and when steamed and juiced with cumin (jeera) and salt, they provide an excellent remedy for heat strokes and exhaustion in summers.
Nothing elevates work stress more than a malfunctioning air conditioner. So pop some corn. It’s a good source of pantothenic acid, which provides vitamin B to lower stress levels. Boil corn for a snack or a lunch takeaway as it lowers cholesterol levels and is high in essential carbs.
9. Gooseberry (Amla)
Eat enough and this gooseberry might give you goosebumps instead of sweat stains. Not only is amla a great refresher, it’ll also reverse the ageing effects of the strong Indian sun and give you added stamina for gym sessions. It strengthens the heart, hair and different glands in the body, as well and can be drunk at any time of the day.”
10. Muskmelon & Watermelons
Muskmelon’s high water content helps prevent heat related disorders. Freeze muskmelon cubes and blend with milk and sugar for a summer drink. Watermelon juice with lime is a quick re-energiser.
Spicy lunches giving a heart burn hot as hell? Have a banana split minus the ice cream and chocolate sauce. The potassium content in this summer fruit has a cooling effect on the stomach and also aids in digesting that hot butter chicken. It also cuts stress levels, so munch on one if you’ve got a heavy deadline coming up.
Cap off summer lethargy with capsicum – it is excellent for cardiovascular health and lowering BP levels. It also ups metabolism levels and is a great aid in the war against weight gain. Last, but not least, it helps fight off diabetes, a disease has that been on the up, especially for Indian men.
13. Bottle gourd (Lauki)
Here’s to gourd health! If your stomach piping is facing some stoppage due to water shortage in the summer months, eat some lauki. Easy to digest, it is effective against constipation and other digestive disorders to have your plumbing up and running in no time. It also delays premature greying in all areas.
Sink your teeth into a juicy stem to fight off post-lunch sleepiness when the sun is at its fiercest. Not only does its high sugar content provide a great energy boost, it also helps strengthen the gastrointestinal system. A glass of sugarcane juice is enough to fortify a meal skipped at any time during the day.
Still feeling the heat? You don’t have to. Grab any of the above, and feel the instant chill!