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Homemade beverages best for beating the heat

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Homemade beverages best for beating the heat

9 June 2013 - Beverages are important to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Whether they are part of a meal or in between, a refreshing drink helps you rejuvenate. Just like choosing your food, the choice of your drinks can make the difference between how you feel and how it affects your body's water balance. 

The ideal drink is pure drinking water. many of us are unsure as to whether its fine to drink beverages with meals. The truth is that there is no need to separate beverages from solid fods. Just sip in moderation. 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 plain glass of water or some gree tea soup are fine with meals. A squeeze of lime or lemon can enhance iron and calcium uptake from food, besides adding Vitamin C. 

Another eternal debate is how much one should drink ? Going by recommended levels, many would be guilty of not drinking enough. It is true that an adult boy requires an average of about 2.5 litres (8-10 glasses) of fluid daily to pass enough urine. based on the recommendations that 1 ml of fluid is required to metabolise 1 calories, this figure may vary with seasons and individual needs. This includes beverages, soups, milk and dal.

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 dry mouth. Chronic fluid insufficiency can lead to hyperfilteration in the kidneys leading to renal disease or stones. Severe dehydration can be dangerous with serious health consequences like nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness and can even be fatal. Women following weight loss diets may need extra servings of low-calorie fluids. However, those suffering from renal disease or heart failures must strictly regulate their fluid intake. 

vegetable and fruit juices, buttermilk, cocnut or lime water and herbal teas are loaded with elecrolytes, minerals and antioxidants which help to fight diseases. they have healing and restorative properties and make simple natural ways to enhance health and vitality. Beal (wood apple) and rose sherbet, lemonade, mintade, aam panna, barley or channa satto, jeera-hing lassi, smoothies, kokum water, thandai, litchi juice, jamun juice, cucmber and mint soup and camomile tea are some great sumer coolers. 

When calorie counting, go sugar free and use alternative sweetners which taste just as good. Green tea and zeera dhania paani are especially useful in weight loss. Boost your immunity with the green power in cabbage, spinach, lemon, coriander, bottle gourd and garlic cocktail. Create your own refreshing drinks and chill in the summer.