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As mercury levels are at the peak, staying healthy becomes primary concern. As the outside temperature is high, it is better to avoid food that generates heat inside the body. Excessive heat puts the body under strain and causes irritability, exhaustion, lack of concentration and sleeping disorders. Hence, it is suggested to increase liquid intake and fresh fruit consumption. Below are the list of foods that one should avoid in summer.

Non Vegetarian food

Non-vegetarian foods like red meat, prawns, egg, crab and squid generate excessive heat. They produce excessive heat and can cause stomach upset or diarrhea.

Spicy food

Spices such as chili, pepper, ginger, cinnamon and cumin seeds are body heating ingredients. They boost the rate of body metabolism and have a thermogenic impact on the body. 

Roasted food

Roasted or tandoori foods items are popular Indian cuisine, but they are also known to generate heat and can create gastric problems specially during the summer. 

Oily Junk food

French fries, burgers, pizzas and other oily junk food can test digestive ability and increase the possibilities of food poisoning. 

Chapati

Chapati or rotis, a primary food in many parts of India but wheat is not an easily digestible food and moreover it generates considerable amount of heat. So, it is better to avoid during the day time and eat rice instead. 

Dairy Products

Daily milk products intake such as milk, cheese, yogurt etc. are heat generating foods. Hence, during summer the less they are consumed the better it is.

Ice creams & Cold drinks

Ice creams and cold drinks are chilled food items but they produce heat inside the stomach.

Tea & Coffee

Hot beverages like tea and coffee tends to heat up the body.  So it is better to better to stay away from these during summer. 

Mangoes

Yes mangoes!

The fact is, mango is a body warming fruit and eating too many mangoes can develop heat pimples among teenagers and children. 

Dry fruits

Dry fruits generate a lot of heat. So, it is recommended to minimize the dry fruits intake in summer.

 

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When I was in school, summer was the most-awaited season as it coincided with long vacation. I remember those summer holidays which meant waking up late, having an unhurried breakfast while watching cartoon shows on TV and of course those indoor games with siblings and friends.

But this scorching heat is getting hard not only on our bodies but also on our moods. Let’s not let the temperature to control us, rather let’s follow few tips and tricks to beat the heat and stay cool.

  • Breath like a yogi

When you feel overheated, try yogic breathing. Just curl the tongue by pulling both sides upward towards the middle and  then breathe in through mouth. Hold the breath, and slowly exhale through nose. Repeat five to ten times.

  • Drink more water

It is important to stay hydrated, especially when you are sweating a lot. Therefore, water intake becomes even more important. Hence, the body needs more and more liquids. You can also flavor the plain water by adding cucumber slices and mint leaves to it.

  • Block the Sun

Closing the windows with curtains or sun-deflecting blinds can certainly reduce the heat.

  • Chill your Mattress

Put soft gel ice packs on top of the mattress and underneath the sheets; try under your legs, neck, or lower back for maximum comfort.  Also freezing a cotton sock filled with rice, then slipping it between the sheets helps a great deal. The rice will hold a chill longer.

India is experiencing a hotter-than-normal summer this year !