Summer is the hottest out of the four seasons. Sun is shining right above our heads from early mornings till late evenings which becomes unbearable in the months of May and June. But nothing is more fun than going to a beach with and enjoy the ocean. There is no comparison of the seeing a garden overflowing with flowers of vibrant colors. Their fresh and classic aroma will force you celebrate the summer season. But long hot days, combined with humidity, leave you sweaty which can dehydrate you or suck out all your energy as well as can cause deficiency of many essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
I want to share with you an alternate way through which you can enjoy summer season without compromising on your health. Have a look at some nutritious foods which can be taken as nutrients in the hot summer days.
Tomatoes are a great source of providing vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. They contain 95% water and the remaining 5% consists of carbohydrates and fiber. Tomatoes are known for containing high rate of lycopene which is a phytochemical beneficial for reducing chronic diseases as well as cancer. While botanically tomato is a fruit, it is mostly used in cooked foods.
Zucchini is enriched with many nutrients and contains antioxidant vitamin c and also contains high amount of potassium. This antioxidant vitamin c helps in reducing high blood and sugar levels and protect against clogged veins. On the other hand it also contains pectin, which is a type of fiber, which has the benefit of reducing cholesterol and increasing the health of your heart. Blended with sweet and sour salad in summer gives you bright taste.
3 Water Melon
The best food enriched with high water content in hot summer days is the water melon which stands out at a number one place among variety of other fruits available in summer. The use of water melon in summer keeps you cool and hydrated and helps you boost up your energy all day long. It also contains considerable amount of lycopene which keeps your skin healthy and minimizes the chances of having sun-stroke which could be very harmful for your health. The high water content also works as a guard against sun damage to your skin cells.
I consider water melon as a gift of nature to fight hot and sweaty days of summer. It naturally contains compounds against major diseases like cancer etc. Delicious in taste and refreshing no doubt it is the best food good for your health. Add a pinch of salt to your water melon to get that extra dose of minerals in your body. You can call it Ido Fishman’s style of eating watermelon too if you want because that’s how I eat it – always!
Dairy items are protein-packed so as yogurt. It is full of beneficial bacteria which keeps your digestive system in the right balance. Daily use of yogurt in your diet ensures the much needed quantity of protein in your body. It is scientifically proven that it contains almost every type of nutrient that our body requires. It also strengthens our immune system therefore it is necessary for us to use yogurt on daily basis in summer so as to keep our body healthy to fight against various diseases.
5 Celery and Fennel
Celery and fennel are best known for losing excess water weight contained in human body. You may be thinking that why then in summer one would want to put his health on stake because once your body loses water, then in summer dehydration is a very common illness. But let me tell you that it is scientifically proven that celery and fennel helps you lose only “excess” water without causing any dehydration. The nutrients contained in these two vegetables strengthen your kidneys as a result of which the kidneys flush out waste and unnecessary fluids from our bodies.
6 Blackberries and Raspberries
Mostly unnoticed and small in size as compared with other fruits, blackberries and raspberries are in fact a great source of providing fiber. These fruits are also enriched with multiple qualities and contain large amount of vitamin C as well as vitamin K. They are very beneficial in terms of boosting the health of brain. One cannot ignore the benefits of healing wounds, regenerating skin and skin cells, reducing the chances of getting common cold, preventing scurvy which are altogether contained in blackberries and raspberries.
7 Green Tea
I would suggest drinking green tea as part of your daily diet in sweaty days of summer. The reason being that it helps you supplement your intake of water when it is hot and can keep your body hydrated at the same time. It is also a known source of fighting cancer amongst cancer patients. It can simultaneously keep your metabolism working smoothly and helps reduce cholesterol which could cause severe diseases of heart.
Salads are great source of providing natural fiber, help you strengthen your bones and improve muscles functionality. I strongly recommend the usage of salad as a proven way to lose weight without compromising on the need of your body of essential vitamins and minerals. They are an alternate way of avoiding high calorie meals and simultaneously fill your diet with the required nutrients. I would suggest that adding salmon, egg yolks, cayenne pepper and boiled boneless chicken pieces can make a much healthier food.
Another great source of combating common illnesses as well as heart diseases is the intake of Avocados. They are full of high amount of nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, E and K and also contain reasonable amount of dietary fiber. They are good for people with diabetes and obesity. I would recommend taking an avocado daily which is really good for your health as it strengthens your immune system.
When I am suggesting healthy foods which can take you through the long and hot days of summer, I am always reminded of sea food. The most common known cause of death around the world is due to heart diseases and acquiring protein from fish such as salmon is a weapon against heart diseases. It also contains huge amount of Omega 3 which is fatty acid much needed in our body to fight depression and anxiety.
Summer can be a tricky season. While you are busy having fun at the beach or enjoying friendly gatherings at your local fast food restaurants, you ignore the fact that you are constantly losing minerals as you perspire. The days are longer, and so are your hours of working. To make sure you are making up for that extra loss of energy and minerals, you should be eating Ido Fishman’s 10 best summer foods abundantly.