Summer is here and it’s scorching hot in several parts of the world. Many are spending more time in air-conditioned rooms, guzzling cooling sugary bottled beverages every day, and skipping their workouts. All of it combined can be quite harmful to your overall well-being. So even if it’s for just a little bit, step out and breathe some fresh air (early in the morning or post-sunset), stay hydrated by drinking plain water, and do easy exercises like indoor walking and yoga. And even when you crave for sweet cold drinks or ice pops, try to stick to water or coconut water and eat some slices of watermelon rather than indulging in aerated drinks or ice creams which can disturb your gut health. Also, load up on lots of greens and dial down on the spices.

 

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Here are some food items you can add to your daily diet this summer to beat the heat and cool down your gut.

Curd

Cooling foods for gut heath - Curd

Curd is a versatile food that provides a cooling effect on the body. Packed with probiotics, it supports a healthy gut and digestion. Opt for plain curd or add condiments like mint powder or coriander powder. You can enhance its taste by adding fresh fruits like berries or diced cucumbers for a refreshing twist. Curd is not only cooling but also provides protein, calcium, and essential vitamins.

Coconut Water

Cooling foods for gut heath - Coconut Water

Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink that replenishes electrolytes lost through sweat, making it an excellent choice for hydration during summer. It contains necessary minerals and micronutrients like potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which help to maintain the necessary fluid balance in the body. Coconut water is not only hydrating but also low in calories and naturally refreshing.

Cucumber

Cooling foods for gut heath - Cucumber

Cucumbers are immensely hydrating as they have high water content and are well known for their cooling properties. They offer a refreshing crunch and a fresh flavor, making them a perfect addition to salads or as a standalone snack. Cucumbers also contain vitamins A and C, as well as silica, a mineral that promotes healthy connective tissues and skin elasticity.

Mint

Cooling foods for gut heath - Mint

Mint is a herb known for its cooling properties and refreshing taste. Adding fresh mint leaves to meals or beverages can instantly provide a cooling sensation. Known to aid digestion and alleviate headaches, mint is a great option to soothe an upset stomach. Enjoy a glass of homemade mint lemonade or sprinkle some chopped mint leaves over salads or fruit bowls for an invigorating summer treat.

Watermelon

Cooling foods for gut heath - Watermelon

Watermelon is the typical summer fruit that not only takes your taste buds to a trip but also helps cool down your body. With its high water content (over 90%), watermelon provides excellent hydration, making it an ideal choice for hot days. Additionally, watermelon is rich in vitamins A and C, which promote healthy skin and boost the immune system. It also contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may protect against sun damage.

Coriander

Cooling foods for gut heath - Coriander

Coriander is an herb commonly used in summer recipes for its fresh and cooling flavor. It aids digestion, reduces inflammation, and has detoxifying properties. Add chopped coriander to your salads, salsas, or maybe even guacamole for a burst of freshness. It can also be used as a garnish for various dishes, adding flavor as well as a cooling touch.

Bottle Gourd (Lauki)

Cooling foods for gut heath - Bottle Gourd

Bottle gourd, also known as lauki, is a summer vegetable that offers cooling benefits. With its high water content and natural cooling properties, it can help regulate body temperature and keep you hydrated. It is a low-calorie vegetable rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making it an excellent choice for maintaining a healthy weight during summer. You can enjoy this immensely healthy vegetable in soups, stews, stir-fries, or even as a refreshing juice.

Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)

Cooling foods for gut heath - Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds, commonly known as methi, have long been used in traditional medicine for their numerous health benefits, especially in India and China. These tiny seeds have a cooling effect on the body and can help lower body heat during summer. Fenugreek seeds also aid digestion, relieve acidity, and promote healthy skin. Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds overnight, strain the water, and consume it in the morning for a refreshing and cooling start to your day. Alternatively, you can sprinkle fenugreek seeds onto salads, or yogurt, or incorporate them into your cooking.

Berries

Cooling foods for gut heath - Berries

Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are not only delicious but also packed with antioxidants and nutrients. During summer, berries offer a refreshing and cooling experience due to their high water content. These fruits are low in calories and rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. You can enjoy berries as a standalone snack, blend them into smoothies, add them to yogurt or salads, or even freeze them for a tasty and nutritious frozen treat.

So go ahead and stock your kitchen with these amazing super healthy and cooling foods. Enjoy the summer while making sure that your gut is relaxed.

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