With the mercury level rising higher than ever, we must be careful about what we eat during this summer. Daily food intake must have sufficient nutrients, protein, minerals and vitamins to beat the scorching heat. Fruits and vegetables readily available in the respective regions must be a significant part of one’s diet.

The human body sweats a lot to tackle the higher temperature and it leads to loss of body fluids, vitamins and minerals. So one must be careful to include enough fluid content in food to replenish what the body loses through sweat. Otherwise, it could lead to dehydration.

One should drink at least 2.5 litres of water every day. Boiled water in normal temperature is the best way to quench thirst. Those who work in the sun can add a bit of salt to their drinking water.

Consuming food that is reheated after being cooked and refrigerated is not good for health. This practice must be avoided, especially during the summer. Reduce the intake of bakery items and sweets. Consuming fruits and fruit juices in during intervals between meals is ideal. This is particularly beneficial for children.

Summer food must be easily digestible and should include whole grain rice, wheat and barley. Avoid meat and deep fried items. Reduce the intake of tea and coffee and replace them with fruits and fruit juices. It is better to avoid refrigerated water and beverages.