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What Foods To Avoid During Summers? Let’s Ask The Expert!

With the rising temperature, there are possibilities of developing diseases, health disorders, sunstroke and seasonal infections as the immunity also gets weakened during these months. In this case, it becomes crucial to avoid a few things, and we should take proper care when it comes to eating. Here are a few things you should restrain from doing to remain healthy. 

An Ayurveda specialist Dr Dixa Bhavsar highlights what Ayurveda recommends, some foods to avoid in summer to protect yourself from sunstroke and other summer problems like diarrhoea, low blood pressure, and dehydration, acidity, headaches, burning sensations, and so on.

Drinking water stored in a copper vessel, generally considered a good practice, should be highly avoided during the summers. The reason for the same is that it is heating. “Especially people with acidity, inflammation, migraine, heat issues should avoid it. Opt for water stored in earthen and silver vessels instead,” the ayurvedic expert said. 

Foods To Avoid In Hot Weather 

Consuming Curd 

The expert said that curd is inherently heating in nature. So during summers, our digestion is weaker, and because curd is difficult to digest, we should opt for better options like buttermilk or lassi to make the curd cool in nature which wouldn’t harm us. 

Exercising Excessively 

Exercise is an essential task to stay fit and should be done regularly. But, excessive exercise can lead to the draining of energy, and since the energy level is low due to high temperatures, it should be entirely restricted. The experts also says the same.  

Dr Bhavsar said: “Excess exertion can lead to dehydration, fatigue & hypotension. So best to avoid excessive exercise and indulge in calming yoga and pranayamas.” 

Sun Exposure During The Day 

Daily exposure to sun in the early morning is good. It helps fulfil the need for vitamin D, happy hormones, improves our mood and sleep, and regulates our circadian rhythm, among others. But, exposing yourself to the sun in the afternoon can be a reason of sunstroke, dry skin, burning sensation on skin, headache, dehydration, diarrhoea, etc. as per Dr Dixa Bhavsar.

“During summers, it’s recommended to get morning sunlight preferably before 8 am and evening sunlight post 5 pm,” she added. 

Caffeine And Carbonated Beverages 

The expert also said: Caffeine creates more heat in the body leading to more inflammation. So instead, it’s recommended to have herbal cooling teas during summers. Carbonated beverages worsen dehydration & make you feel more thirsty. They also contain sugar which leads to more weight gain (more calories) and lethargy,” Caffeine comes in the list of drinks to avoid in summer. 

Natural drinks that have a cooling effect, such as bael sharbat, fennel sharbat, vetiver water, and coriander water, are the best alternatives that keeps us calm and healthier in summers.

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