Top 10 Foods to Stay Healthy In the Summer

Its very hot all over India. Here is a list of best cooling foods that will keep you hydrated and energetic during the draining summer heat.

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The Top Ten

1 Watermelons

Watermelons have more water than pulp and are easily available. Not only will this relax you but also hydrates you at the end of a very tiring day. - Lybrate

2 Cucumbers

With less than 20 calories in a cup of cucumbers, this hydrating food is ideal to carry with lunch boxes to work, or eat at home. They cool and hydrate you at the same time. The seeds are also known to be high in nutrients and health benefits. - Lybrate

3 Tomatoes

Tomatoes and their health benefits are widely known. They cool your stomach and hydrate you. Tomatoes are also good for diabetes and cardio-vascular problems, and are a rich source of many nutrients like dietary fiber, vitamins - C, A, E, K and B6, potassium and many more. - Lybrate

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4 Lemons

Lemon is a super food. Mixed with water, in different temperatures, it helps in weight loss to combating dehydration. Mixed in water with a pinch of salt and a spoonful of sugar, the lemon water mixture is known to cool, energise and hydrate the body. - Lybrate

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5 Curds

This is a staple in most Indian homes. Store bought or homemade, it is good to eat a small bowl full of curd every day. A delicious coolant, you can spice it up any way you wish to - by adding fruits to it, or by adding masalas or by eating it straight with just a tiny pinch of salt. - Lybrate

6 Coconut Water

It is highly recommended for students and professionals who are out in the sun, during the day. An immediate energizer, coconut water can be your savior from heat spells as it is easily available at roadside much to the benefit of folks who have to be out in the heat. - Lybrate

7 Melons

Just like watermelons, melons and muskmelons too have high water content. The fruit is said to have 90 percent water apart from the nutrients. - Lybrate

8 Buttermilk

Easy to make and easily available in the market, buttermilk can be customized as per individual taste. It is light on the tummy, cools and dehydrates the system. - Lybrate

9 Mint

An inexpensive herb, mint has amazing cooling qualities. Churn it into chutney or just drop a few leaves into your bottle of drinking water, these leaves will keep your insides cool and mind fresh with their mild fragrance. - Lybrate

10 Onions

Red onions in particular are known to have very high water content. Include them in your meals or have them raw, how you eat is up to you. - Lybrate

The Contenders

11 Apples

Apples are basically good for any season. They can help you not have cancer.

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