Try these 10 cooling summer drinks to help you beat the heat and stay healthy. These drinks are nutritious and a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake.
The warm summer days are here, which means it’s time to enjoy some refreshing homemade beverages that will not only help quench your thirst but also give your health a boost. These refreshing drinks are pleasing to your taste buds and low in calories, making them a perfect drink to beat the heat without sabotaging your weight loss diet. What’s more, these drinks are nutritious and a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. They can help improve health in various forms, from improving your digestion to treating and preventing heat-related ailments. Try these 10 cooling summer drinks to help you beat the heat and stay healthy.
Best drinks for summer:
Coriander or mint juice: Extracting the juice of coriander or mint leaves and drinking it is an easy home remedy to bring down the body heat. Coriander water is also considered as a great remedy for reducing menopausal heat and flushes due to its cooling properties, said nutritionist and wellness coach Janvi Chitalia, who gives some amazing drink recipes for summer. Aloe vera juice: Aloe vera juice is high in vitamins and minerals. Besides this, it is known as an adaptogen which boosts the body’s natural ability to stimulate the defensive mechanisms of the body. It aids in cooling the body. Chamomile tea: Chamomile is considered as a great re-hydrating agent and helps in de-stressing. Take about two to three dried chamomile flowers in a cup of hot water and let it soak for 10 minutes before straining it. Have two to three cups of chamomile tea everyday for best results Licorice tea: Commonly known as Mulethi in Hindi, licorice is used to cool the body and treat digestive issues among many others. It also helps in preventing heat stroke. Soak the roots in water for some time; then strain and drink the water. Aam Panna: An Indian summer drink made out of unripe mangoes, aam panna is renowned for its heat-resistant properties. It is said that drinking two glasses of aam panna can help with digestion, constipation and chronic stomach problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Make it at home to ensure the use of marginal quantities of sugar and salt. Mint water with lemon: One glass of strained mint water with a few drops of lemon can work wonders. It acts as a liver cleanser, boosts your metabolism and helps those with a low appetite. Barley water: Barley water is known to rehydrate the body. A glass of barley water twice a day is helpful in preventing constipation and helps in cooling the body Kokum water: This is an age-old remedy to reduce body heat. Soak 2-3 kokum in water for about 3-4 hours, and then mash it and strain the water and drink. This helps in keeping the body fluids and electrolytes replenished. Sabja water: Sabja (basil seeds) help in reducing body heat and can aid in digestion as it acts as a diuretic, regulating bowel movements by balancing excessive heat in the body. They can be soaked in water and consumed within 15-20 mins. Basil and mint juice: Make a juice/smoothie of basil (5-6 leaves), mint, amla, and, coriander seeds and neem leaves with some water if required. This helps in rehydrating and cooling the body, reduces acidity and gas due to excessive heat.
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