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Avoid eating these 5 foods to stay hydrated this summer and beat the heat

Updated on:29 May 2021, 11:06am IST
Some foods help to keep the summer heat in check, while others can worsen the condition. These are some foods to avoid in summer, if you want to stay hydrated.
Aayushi Gupta
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Avoid these foods to beat the summer heat. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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We all know how important it is to stay hydrated in the summer season. Otherwise, it can take a real toll on your health. Drinking water is one of the best ways to beat the heat, but there are also certain foods that can cause dehydration, making you feel low and unhealthy. 

Therefore, exclude these foods from your summer diet to stay healthy and hydrated:

1. Excess salt

Salt is also referred to as sodium chloride, and is used to flavour food. The high levels of salt in a diet can lead to various health issues, including bloating, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Notably, when too much sodium enters the body, it causes kidneys to go out of whack and dehydration happens. That means the body will pull out water from the cells. So, it’s recommended to reduce salt intake in your diet.

Eating healthy also means taking care of your salt intake. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Tea and coffee

If you wish to keep yourself cool and hydrated in the scorching summer heat, avoid or reduce the consumption of hot beverages like tea or coffee. That’s because they tend to increase the overall temperature of the body, and disturb the digestive system. Instead, consume nimbu paani, aam panna, chaas, etc.

3. Certain spices

It is always suggested to avoid spicy food in the summer season, otherwise, it can take a toll on your health. Spicy foods mostly contain capsaicin, which adversely affects the pitta dosha that triggers body heat, which in turn, results in excessive sweating, boils on the skin, dehydration and sickness. Therefore, one should avoid consuming spicy foods, when the temperatures are soaring.

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4. Fried and junk food

It’s no secret that fried foods aren’t good for you, but this is another big reason to avoid them. Whether it is your favourite samosa, burgers, french fries, junk foods, etc, all these foods can dehydrate you, plus they are especially difficult to digest in the summer months. These foods have a negative impact on your overall health.

5. Pickles

Pickles make your mouth pucker, and are fermented. Besides, they are high in sodium, which can lead to water retention, swelling, and bloating. It can also lead to indigestion, if you drink too much pickle juice. Diets high in sodium can trigger infections and ulcers. 

So ladies, avoid these foods to stay healthy and hydrated this summer season. 

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