Heatwave: 7 foods and drinks to help you stay cool

Go beyond cucumber to cool down during a heatwave. Try out different cooling foods and drinks to beat the heat this year.
Like watermelon enough to have it all day? Try the watermelon detox diet! Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Natalia Ningthoujam Published: 16 Mar 2023, 14:30 pm IST

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It wasn’t long ago when the India Meteorological Department announced that people could expect a hot summer with above normal temperatures. There was also a forecast that different parts of India could face heatwaves during March and May. Well, this means that it’s time to look for some cooling foods and drinks to beat the heat. Staying hydrated is the best way to deal with the scorching heat. Let’s take a look at some of the foods and drinks that can easily help you to stay hydrated.

Health Shots checked with Deepti Khatuja, Head – Clinical Nutritionist, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, for a list of summer-friendly foods and drinks.

Coconut water is great for hydration. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Cooling foods and drinks

Coconut water is the first thing that pops up in people’s mind when they think of staying hydrated. Drinking coconut water is a great way to refresh and revitalise your body, as it has many vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. But there’s more than just coconut water.

1. Peppermint

Peppermint is known for its cooling properties due to its high menthol content, which gives the sensation of feeling cooler. You can make a hot or iced peppermint tea and drink it throughout the day, suggests Khatuja. While a cup of hot tea might seem like it will make you feel hotter, drinking hot drinks might actually help you to sweat more and help to cool down your body.

2. Buttermilk

Drinking buttermilk or chhaas might help to cool down your body and even improve metabolism. It’s full of probiotics, vitamins, and minerals that will help to restore your body’s natural energy if you’re feeling drained by the heat.

3. Fenugreek tea

Sipping a cup of fenugreek tea might help to bring on a sweat, allowing you to cool off, says the expert. Fenugreek might also be useful in getting rid of some excess fluid and detoxifying the body.

4. Fruits

Watermelon tops the list of cooling fruits, but there are others too. Fruits like apples, apricots, cranberries are all loaded with antioxidants that help to get rid of cell-damaging free radicals and suppress inflammation. Once that happens, your body will feel cooler.

5. Yogurt

Yogurt has anti-inflammatory properties, and is also an excellent source of calcium. You can have it right from the container or mix it with cooling fruits or nuts and make smoothies. To make things cooler, add a bit of ice to your drink. What’s more? Yogurt can help in your weight loss journey as well!

Aloe vera is a great way to cool down. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

6. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is great for skin. That’s why you see women using aloe vera gel for glowing skin. It is also a star ingredient in many skin care and hair care products. Turns out, its leaves and inner gel can be eaten to help lower body temperature, says the expert.

While taking sips of these chilled drinks and cooling foods, don’t forget to eat your vegetables. Have lots of vegetables such as celery, cucumber, and cauliflower as well. They will also help to fight the summer heat. You can eat these foods raw in the form of a salad. But make sure to wash them properly before digging in!

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Natalia Ningthoujam

Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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