8 Indian Summer Superfoods

Foods, if eaten according to the season, can help us detox and rejuvenate the body. They further lead to an overall boost in immunity, physical and mental strength, and digestion.

Here are some of the summer foods that Ayurveda suggests, to include in your daily diet:


1. Sattu

Sattu is a cold drink from the Indian subcontinent typically made of Bengal gram. Sattu helps hydrate the body during summers and is said to have an instant cooling effect on the body.

Sattu is prepared by dry roasting grains or grams, most often barley or Bengal gram and sometimes dry fruits like cashews, almonds, etc.

It is high in insoluble fiber that makes it good for your intestines and is low on glycaemic index making it good for diabetics. A perfect cooling agent and a power-packed energizer. Add Sattu to your diet this summer.


2. Amla (Indian gooseberry)

Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is a popular and healthy fruit and is known for its various nutritional benefits. Amla is an excellent coolant during hot days. Taking amla juice during summer not only cools the body but also provides 20 times more vitamin C than any other juice.

So, this summer binge on amle ka murabba or amla juice.


3. Ghee

According to Ayurveda, ghee is loaded with healthy fats. Summer makes our body dry, therefore, consumption of a half spoon of ghee every day may help balance the internal moisture.

As per Ayurvedic terms, ghee is known to be a ‘sweet food’ as it is strengthening, aids digestion, and tempers the over-activity of all the three bodily doshas.


4. Ginger

Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties to help ease overheated and irritated skin. In fact, drinking ginger juice may help soothe stomach discomfort.

Load up on ginger tea or juice; you can also add it in your curries daily to stay healthy in summer.


5. Alkaline Vegetables

The stomach tends to secrete gastric acids that help in breaking down foods during digestion. Sometimes due to unhealthy lifestyle and food habits (binge drinking carbonated drinks and sodas), the acidic level of the body increases, leading to acidity and acid refluxes which is more common in summer.

To minimize these acidic levels it is good to binge on alkaline foods like green leafy vegetables, root vegetables like sweet potato, beetroots, carrots, nuts, onion, and garlic, et al.


6. Coconut

Coconut water makes for one of the best electrolytes in summers. This refreshing drink not only helps to rejuvenate the body but also prevents dehydration in extreme heat. Essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium are present in coconut water makes it a healthier option. Drinking coconut water or adding coconut in your curries and vegetables will keep you rejuvenated.


7. Water-rich Fruits

Summers are welcomed with plenty of water-rich fruits like watermelon,  grapefruits, berries, pineapple, Muskmelon, peaches, ice apple, mango,  et al.

These fruits help us not get dehydrated and ensure that our body is refreshed.

Indulge in these rich summer special fruits to beat the summer.


8. Herbs

Herbs like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Tulsi, Pudina, etc. help in cooling the body.

Ashwagandha is known to reduce inflammation in the body further treating conditions like asthma and arthritis.

Brahmi can soothe the body’s nerves and reduce stress in the body.

Tulsi, or holy basil, acts as a detoxifying and cleansing agent. It is also known to cool your body system in extreme heat. You can drink herbal teas to see effective results.

Mint or pudina has many medicinal benefits apart from its coolant properties. It aids in digestion helps in treating stomach ailments.


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