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Beat The Summer Heat With The Right Drink

With summer comes the struggle to find the right thirst quencher as opting for aerated drinks can add unnecessary body weight. Try lassi, coconut water and sugarcane juice, suggest experts.

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Drink at least one glass of vegetable juice to increase the fiber intake. Pixabay

With summer comes the struggle to find the right thirst quencher as opting for aerated drinks can add unnecessary body weight. Try lassi, coconut water and sugarcane juice, suggest experts.

Culinary researcher Akanksha Dean lists some healthy thirst quenchers to opt for in this scorching summer:

* Coconut water: The most natural drink after regular water to keep oneself hydrated. It is naturally refreshing and boasts of a sweet nutty taste. Coconut water is the clear liquid that is extracted from a young green coconut, usually a harvest between 5-7 months. It rehydrates the body as it comprises of processed carbohydrates in the form of electrolytes and sugar, which in turn help balance the water levels in the body.

It is sweet in flavour, but can also be enjoyed in a savoury form. It is an excellent digestive and helps in energising the body as well.
Coconut Tree, Pixabay

* Lemonade: Possibly the most popular beverage in the world, it helps energise your body as well as kill your thirst. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C and helps in improving digestion. The good part about this beverage is that it helps in cleansing your body and reduces the risk of experiencing heartburn or bloating.

* Lassi: The beverage is traditionally served in earthen clay pots, referred to as ‘matkas’, which aid in providing the instant coolness that is associated with the drink. This smoothie-like drink is made from yoghurt and boasts of a creamy texture. It is sweet in flavour, but can also be enjoyed in a savoury form. It is an excellent digestive and helps in energising the body as well.

* Sugarcane juice: This is the perfect drink to beat the summertime heat. It also serves as an energy drink. A glass of cold sugarcane juice can help rebuild the depleting energy levels in your body. It is rich in antioxidants, acts as a diuretic and helps keep your liver strong.

 

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Cut Sugarcane. Wikimedia commons

Dietician Jasleen Kaur, also the Founder of Just Diet, said: “It is loaded with abundant carbohydrates, proteins and minerals that our body needs. It is rich in antioxidants so it is great for dehydration. It has a surprising number of health benefits.”

She lists some benefits of sugarcane juice:

* Immunity booster: Sugarcane juice is one of the best sources of instant energy. It is full of essential antioxidants that help our immune system. It reduces infections in the stomach, liver and respiratory zone. It fights against a number of diseases like cancer. It can help you to boost energy levels.

* Rich in antioxidants: Sugarcane juice helps in cleansing the harmful toxins and other bad components from our body. It helps in boosting the metabolism of the body. It contains natural sugar which helps us to manage our weight.

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* Helps in proper digestion: Sugarcane juice acts as a good digestive tonic. It is very useful in treating the problem of constipation. It also helps maintain the acid base balance in our body.

* Removes mouth odour: If you have a problem of bad breath or mouth odour, you should consider sugarcane juice as a home remedy. It contains calcium that helps build our strength including bones and teeth. (IANS)

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Know About the Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is popular among fitness enthusiasts

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Green Tea is rich in antioxidants, particularly epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. Lifetime Stock

Green tea is popular among fitness enthusiasts and those trying to shed some kilos. Whether you are trying to boost your overall health, or just your metabolism, a couple cups of that tea can help massively, say experts.

We speak to Dolly Kumar, founder-director at Gaia – Good Health and Razi Khan, tea sommelier and director of sales and marketing at Typhoo Tea to find out.

How does green tea help?

Kumar: Green Tea is rich in antioxidants, particularly epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, and that’s why green tea can do wonders for your health. Regular consumption of it enhances the body’s metabolism, aids weight loss and helps in case of obesity, helps reduce blood cholesterol, helps control anxieties and also has anti-aging benefits.

Khan: Green tea has become a popular beverage worldwide, enjoyed by different age groups. The drink comes with loaded antioxidants and nutrients. It has become a go-to beverage for those who are conscious about their health and fitness.

Green Tea
Green tea has become a popular beverage worldwide, enjoyed by different age groups. Lifetime Stock

How much and when to take?

Kumar: 3-5 cups a day before and after meals, is ideal. Avoid consuming it post-dinner since it contains a meager amount of caffeine.

Khan: The intake should be between 2-3 cups a day. It assists in curbing appetite and should not be taken in excess. My advice is to take a cup in the morning or evening. One can drink after meals to boost your metabolism too. Advisable not to take it before breakfast.

How to choose from available flavors?

Kumar: This depends on primarily taste preference. Some like their tea minty, some like it lemony while some prefer the simple and classic taste of plain tea, and so on. Furthermore, different variants of the tea has added benefits of the active ingredients such as tea with ginger helps improve digestion and helps in sore throat, lemon helps control hunger pangs, lemon and honey helps burn fat, Cardamom helps lower blood pressure, Tulsi helps boost immunity and Jasmine helps relieve stress.

Khan: A cup of tea that helps to heal, energize, stimulate and uplift your mood, improves your health, heals emotional wounds and dissolves cultural barriers is always a good idea. It’s like your very own magic potion but finding the exact right blend for your current state of mind is essential.

Also Read- Here’s How a Low Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Pro tip: Pairing it with regular exercise helps increase the body’s metabolism and it is especially beneficial to drink green tea before a workout. No matter what health issue you are looking at, this could be a beverage for everyone. (IANS)