As the Summer is Knocking On the Door, What All Can I Drink to Keep the Heat At Bay?
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Soft drinks are not the only way of keeping yourself cool during the hot summer months. Besides, these drinks are loaded with artificial flavors and colors, sweetened by using corn syrup which is high in fructose and also come in plastic bottles. So these are not the only option at your doorstep for cooling your body.
There are many other alternate refreshing drinks during summer, which other than quenching your thirst in the hot scorching sun, also leave many health benefits on your body. So, keep your body and mind cool this summer by drinking some of the most refreshing and energizing summer drinks.
There is absolutely nothing which can replace the coolness and freshness that a glass of water can bring to the body when it is overcome by heat during the hot summer days as a result of loss of water during summers which can lead to dehydration. Water also helps in the removal of toxins from the body, maintains the body temperature and helps in the smooth functioning of various functions of the body. So, drink as much of water as you can to keep the skin, body and also the mind alert and active during summer.
- Coconut Water
In places where coconut is found in abundance, coconut water is simply the best and the cheapest option to quench your thirst the healthy way. Loaded with numerous health benefits in the form of various nutrients like vitamin B, amino acids, zero cholesterol and diuretic properties, coconut water is the best option to keep the heat away. The electrolytes and potassium in coconut water are perfect for replenishing your body after you have been out in the scorching heat. In addition to refreshing an exhausted body and mind, coconut water adds a glow to the skin, reduces the risks of kidney stones and helps to recover from diarrhea.
- Nimbu Pani (Lemonade)
Lemonade, also known as Nimbu Pani in India, is perhaps the cheapest and the most popular drink during the Indian summers. You can either drink the simple juice by taking a glass of chilled water and squeezing lemon juice into it. Adding salt and sugar is optional. You can also enhance the taste of your lemonade by making either sweet shikanji or having it salty. Add flavors to your glass of nimbu pani with roasted cumin powder, mint juice and black salt. The health benefits of lemonade are numerous – loaded with vitamin C, lemon is also a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B and minerals such as phosphorus, calcium and magnesium.
- Watermelon Juice
This extremely juicy fruit can be had raw during summer or if the seeds are cumbersome, you can have watermelon juice. Ninety percent of watermelon is water and hence, it makes a great way of shedding weight; 100 gm watermelon contributes only 30 calories. It is also very helpful in reducing muscle soreness post-workout and is good for the eyes, kidney and heart. You can also have flavored watermelon juice by adding a few mint leaves and rock salt.
Buttermilk, also known as chhaas, is a very effective digestive and soothing drink during summer. Chhaas is basically curd mixed with water and various spices like salt, pepper, ginger and jeera. Drinking buttermilk is the best way to fight off dehydration that is inevitable in the summer.
Though summer may be round the corner, these drinks are a sure way of beating the heat. Click here to know more about natural summer drinks.