Summers can be tough. With the mercury relentles sly rising and the sun refusing to be kind year after year, it does take a lot to survive summers. Staying under the sun for a long time is not only tiresome but also makes most of us feel extremely dehydrated. Beverages are essential to staying hydrated in the summer heat. Just like choosing your food, the choice of your drinks can make the difference between how you feel and how it affects your body’s water balance. The ideal drink is either pure drinking water or those that provide health benefits and replace minerals and electrolytes.

Many of us are unsure as to whether it’s fine to drink beverages with meals. A plain glass of room temperature water or some green tea or soup is fine with meals. It is not advisable to drink copious amounts of water or cold drinks along with meals as it has been shown to suppress gastric secretion and impair digestion. Another eternal debate is how much one should drink? It is true that an adult body requires an average of about 2 – 2.5 liters (8-10 glasses) of fluid daily. It is a key ingredient in keeping the body cool. With high humidity levels, sweat will not evaporate quickly. Better still, a squeeze of lime or lemon can enhance iron and calcium uptake from food, besides adding Vitamin C. This includes beverages, soups, milk, and daals. Thirst may not be a reliable indicator of your fluid needs. Inadequate fluid intake could lead to dehydration. Severe dehydration can be dangerous with serious consequences.

The people who are suffering from renal disease or heart failure must strictly regulate their fluid intake and their beverages. Soft drinks reduce mineral levels in the body to such an extent that enzymes are unable to function well, resulting in indigestion. It is vital to remain well-hydrated. They must ensure adequate fluid intake before and during exposure. While drinking lots of water at regular intervals remains an unsaid norm, there are other fruits and vegetables which have high water content and consuming them can keep you hydrated for a long time.

Reduce intake of heaty vegetables and fruits, like spinach, radish, hot peppers, onions, garlic, beetroot, pineapple, grapefruit and ripe mangoes, instead eat Vegetable and fruit juices like litchi, watermelon, mango, coconut or lime water and herbal teas, loaded with electrolytes, minerals, and antioxidants which help to fight diseases. They have healing and restorative properties and are simple, natural ways to enhance, Since the sultry heat of summer increases with each degree rise in the mercury, by rooting ourselves to nature’s provision of healthful food choices we can experience the bloom of our health and vitality.