By Nmami Agarwal
Summers are the perfect time to switch to flip-flops, and also the right time to switch to some incredible summer vegetables which are perfect to add to your diet. Being outdoors more often in summers increases the risk of health issues such as skin sensitivities, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and of course, dehydration! So, if you are the one looking for natural, simple and delicious solutions then, eat in-season fresh veggies.
Nutrients in seasonal vegetables are at their peak that helps your body feel and stay at its best even during the hottest time of year. From now on, to beat such a scorching heat, don’t just simply rely on icy drinks to cool down your body! Instead, have a generous helping of these vitamin-loaded and naturally cool vegetables to refresh your diet. Have a look at the listed natural coolants to refresh your body inside out this summer.
Green Beans: You probably might have hated green beans in your lunch box during school time but these crunchy and delicious beans are laden with vitamins A, C, K, folic acid, and heart protective fiber and calcium. Green beans contain almost the twice of iron content found in spinach that doubles the energy level of your body, loaded with easily absorbed silicon which is important for boosting skin health and formation of healthy connective tissues and enriched with antioxidants that prevent your body against the free radical damaging activity.
Pumpkin: Pumpkin possesses exceptional diuretic and cooling properties which are also regarded as a good source for eliminating intestinal worms from your digestive tract and improves digestion. It contains fiber and potassium that controls sugar and blood pressure levels, aids in treating multiple skin problems and helps in stimulating the pancreas thus, diabetics are suggested to include pumpkin in their diet plan.
Bitter Gourd (Karela): While you were so busy condemning the bitter taste of bitter gourd; you forgot the incredible nutritional benefits along with a wide range of benefits it offers. Nutrients ranging from vitamins, magnesium, iron, potassium and dietary fiber make bitter gourd worthy to be included in your diet as it helps control diabetes and hypertension while boosting your immunity.
Ridge Gourd (Turai): This dark green tapering summer vegetable purifies your blood while lowering the high sugar level and treating stomach or digestion-related issues. It’s a good anti-inflammatory agent that helps in treating cardiovascular problems, contains insulin-like peptides which maintains blood sugar level, an amazing source of detoxifying blood and is low in calorie count and thus aids the weight loss as well.
Snake Gourd (Padval): Snake gourd contains all the essential vitamins and minerals, has low calories and high consistency of protein. It lends a cooling effect to your body and is useful for restoring the normal functioning of your body system, correcting disorders and processes high nutritional values. Consuming snake gourd gives relief from dryness, strengthens your hair, aids in weight loss and stimulates the production of fluids which is also the best household remedy for acidity and heart problems.
Over to you
Save ice cream and other chilled beverages for some specific occasions and get refreshed using super summer vegetables. Try experimenting with new dishes to kill the monotony in cooking and share your recipe with us. So, do make a list of these veggies for the next time you go grocery shopping.
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