Choose your beverages well this summer

Ishi Khosla is a former senior nutritionist at Escorts. She heads the Centre of Dietary Counselling and also runs a health food store. She feels that for complete well-being,one should integrate physical,mental and spiritual health. According to her: “To be healthy should be the ultimate goal for all.”

Written by Ishi Khosla | Published:May 12, 2012 12:13 am

Beverages are essential to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Whether they are part of a meal or in between,a refreshing drink can rejuvenate you just when you begin to wilt because of the soaring temperatures.

While some herbs are known to be ‘pick-me-ups’,others like coffee and alcohol may be dehydrating. The ideal drink is either pure drinking water,or a drink which is preferably organic,and which contains minerals and electrolytes,few calories and no preservatives.

While sipping in moderation is important,it is not advisable to drink copious amounts of water or cold drinks along with meals,as it has been shown to suppress gastric secretion and impair digestion. A glass of water at room temperature or some green tea or soup is sufficient. It is better still with some lemon,as that can enhance iron and calcium uptake,besides adding vitamin C.

Thirst may not be a reliable indicator of your fluid needs. Inadequate fluid intake could lead to dehydration. Some of its early signs are poor concentration,lethargy,fatigue and a dry mouth. Chronic fluid insufficiency can lead to hyperfilteration in the kidneys leading to renal disease or stones. Severe dehydration can cause nausea,vomiting,loss of consciousness and can even be fatal. Children are easily prone to dehydration. Women following weight loss diets may need extra servings of low calorie fluids.

Vegetable and fruit juices and herbal teas are loaded with electrolytes,minerals and antioxidants which help to fight diseases. Bael and rose sherbet,lemonade,mintade,aam panna,barley or chana sattoo,zeera-hing lassi,smoothies,kokum water,thandai,litchi juice,jamun juice,cucumber and mint soup,cammomile tea,are great summer coolers.

When calorie counting,go sugar free and use alternative sweeteners. Green tea and zeera dhania paani are specially useful in weight loss. Boost your immunity with cabbage,spinach,lemon,coriander,lauki and garlic cocktail. Create your own refreshing ones with these inspiring ideas!

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