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5 Foods to Avoid During Summer

 As the temperature rises during the scorching summer months, it becomes essential to pay attention to what we eat to stay healthy and hydrated. Some foods, while delightful in other seasons, can be particularly challenging for our bodies to digest and may exacerbate the discomfort of the heat.

Here are five foods to avoid during the summer season:

Spicy Foods
Spicy foods like hot peppers, curries, and heavily seasoned dishes can increase body temperature and induce sweating, which may lead to dehydration. Additionally, spicy foods can irritate the stomach lining, causing digestive issues such as heartburn and acidity. It's best to opt for milder options during the summer months to keep the body cool and comfortable.

Fried and Greasy Foods
Indulging in fried foods like French fries, samosas, and fried chicken during the summer can weigh you down and make you feel sluggish. These foods are high in unhealthy fats and calories, which can lead to digestive discomfort and bloating. Instead, choose lighter options such as grilled or baked dishes, salads, and steamed vegetables to maintain energy levels and promote better digestion.

Carbonated Drinks
While carbonated beverages may provide temporary relief from the heat, they can also contribute to dehydration and bloating. The high sugar content in sodas, energy drinks, and carbonated fruit juices can spike blood sugar levels and lead to energy crashes. Opt for hydrating alternatives like water, coconut water, or fresh fruit juices to stay cool and replenish lost fluids.

Caffeinated Beverages
Coffee, black tea, and caffeinated energy drinks may provide a temporary boost in energy, but they can also have diuretic effects, leading to increased urination and fluid loss. In hot weather, excessive caffeine consumption can exacerbate dehydration and contribute to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. It's best to limit caffeine intake and opt for decaffeinated beverages or herbal teas instead.

Heavy Dairy Products
Rich and heavy dairy products like full-fat milk, cheese, and creamy desserts can be challenging to digest, especially in the heat. These foods can sit heavily in the stomach and may lead to feelings of discomfort, bloating, and indigestion. Instead of indulging in heavy dairy, choose lighter alternatives like low-fat yogurt, fruit smoothies, or dairy-free options such as almond or coconut milk to satisfy cravings without weighing you down.

Being mindful of your food choices during the summer can help you stay cool, hydrated, and healthy. By avoiding spicy, fried, carbonated, caffeinated, and heavy dairy foods, you can better support your body's needs and enjoy the season to the fullest. Remember to prioritize hydration and opt for lighter, nutrient-rich options to beat the heat and maintain optimal well-being.

source: Krishi Jagran

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