Downing a few gulps of cold water from the fridge would seem like the most refreshing thing to do on a hot summer day. However, health experts advices against drinking ice cold water directly from the fridge. It could cause many health issues besides throat infections and stomach ailments.
It is better to drink boiled and cooled down water to satiate thirst.
Nannari or sarasaparilla drinks or fresh butter milk are excellent drinks to enjoy during the sweltering summer. Moreover, it is easier to make these drinks at home. Herbs like brahmi (bacopa monnieri), muthil (centella asiatica), mukutti (biophytum), young guava leaves, coriander leaves, Holy Basil and mint leaves too could be added. Tender coconut water is cool and replenishes the body with minerals in the summer.
It is better to avoid fruit juices that are loaded with sugar. It would only make you feel thirstier. Avoid sugar and ice while enjoying fresh fruit juices. Ayurveda specialists advice to follow a simple diet during the summer. Food that is easily digestible should be included in the diet. Vegetables that have water content and fruits that aren’t too sour could be enjoyed. Cucumbers, ash gourd, snake gourd, salad cucumbers and fruits like jackfruit, mangoes, watermelon and bananas are excellent during this season.
Gooseberries are storehouses of iron and vitamin C. A refreshing and tasty gooseberry juice could be made by blending gooseberry pieces with sugar and some ginger in a mixer jar.
Fresh buttermilk made with yogurt and crushed curry leaves, ginger, lime leaves and green chillies is an excellent refreshment during the summer. It aids digestion and is great for gut health. Having a glass of butter milk would increase your appetite while suppressing kapha and vatha. Fruits like apples, oranges, guava and papaya could be enjoyed by diabetic patients too. However, make sure not to add sugar when they are consumed as juice.