Summer Nutrition 101: Eating Properly In The Heat

June 9, 2014

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Summer’s here and everything’s great, especially the long-awaited heat. Nonetheless, we shouldn’t forget to keep our energy levels high, in order to actually enjoy that heat.

Eating can get a little hard in the summer, due to the high temperatures and our grossing out on everything that isn’t ice-cold, so we’ve decided to help out. Hydration is the key!

Fruit and veggies: ultimate summer royalty

There’s nothing better than a nice, cold, refreshing piece of fruit in the summer heat. Well, maybe a cool, light salad is a fierce competitor. The thing with fruit and vegetables is that they are high in water content apart from various essential vitamins and minerals.

But some of them have higher water content than others by a long shot, so they are especially great when dehydration is just around the corner. Cucumber, lettuce, watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe and others should be your BFFs this summer. Nonetheless, don’t eat fruit immediately after a meal in order to avoid digestive problems.

Friends and foes

Certain kinds of food assist the body in retaining water and thus staying hydrated, because they require less water for digestion. Foods like yoghurt, rice, potatoes, cheese, buttermilk, and types of millets and sprouts do exactly that.

On the other hand, seeds, grains, nuts, preserved foods, chocolate, oily and fatty foods and salty and sugary snacks are your summer enemies. And yes, that means no greasy burgers and sloppy joes, no matter how much salad you eat with them. Also, try to avoid tea and coffee.

Water, water everywhere

Water keeps your body going properly. It keeps cells healthy and tissues moist, not to mention that it helps remove waste and toxins and regulates body temperature. But most importantly for this subject, it prevents dehydration. Try to have a bottle of water with you at all times. You should drink up to 2 or 3 liters of liquid per day, depending on your age and sex.