In the Indian health system of Ayurveda, our daily routine and eating habits should be in harmony with the cycles of nature. With the temperature soaring at its peak this summer, it is vital to remain well-hydrated and nourished. Before you think of picking up that fizzy carbonated drink full of sugar and unwanted chemicals to quench your thirst, here are some ways that you can stay healthy this summer.

Coconut Water

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Packed with minerals, electrolytes and natural enzymes, coconut water is one of nature’s most refreshing drink to beat the heat and replenish the dehydrated body.

Lemonade

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Available throughout the year, lemons are an excellent source of potassium, Vitamin C and a great way to detoxify your body. The anti-oxidants in lemon juice decrease blemishes and keep your skin hydrated.

Buttermilk / Lassi

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A great way to intake probiotics which help your digestive system while quenching your thirst.

Watermelon

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The perfect summer fruit that can be eaten just the way it is or made into a smoothie/drink. Loaded with antioxidants and water, it will keep you healthy and hydrated.

Sugarcane Juice

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Not only does this juice hydrate the body but also gives an instant energy boost due to the naturally occurring sugar. It is not recommended for diabetics.

Cucumber

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As the most refreshing summer ingredient, cucumber can be used in various ways. Add it to your salad, eat it raw or juice it if you like to feel hydrated and refreshed from the summer heat.

Jaljeera

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If you get bored of eating salads and fruits in the long, hot summer, Jaljeera is a great way to add some spice to your palate with its tangy and spicy taste that is also a great digestive.

Aam Panna

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Made out of green mangoes, Aam Panna is a great summer drink that is both healthy and refreshing as well as renowned for its heat resistant properties.

Here are some things to avoid in the summer heat:

Drinking ice-cold water, carbonated drinks and milk-based fruit smoothies that disrupt the digestive system and create toxins in the body.

Exerting yourself during the day, especially under direct sunlight and try doing things during the cooler time instead such as morning or evening.

Hot, spicy and greasy food and opt for cooler foods that will help you remain hydrated, well nourished and calm.