Beat the heat with thesee simple homemade drinks
We can find these ingredients in our kitchen itself and if we start using them daily, we will never go back to aerated drinks.
The temperature outside is soaring and we all are searching for drinks to keep our body and stomach cool. But one common mistake that I observe people are making is that they go ahead with aerated drinks or soda-loaded drinks to add hydration. However, aerated drinks are doing more harm than any good. So, today, I am going to discuss a few simple summer drinks, which are inexpensive and easy to make at home. We can find these ingredients in our kitchen itself and if we start using them daily, we will never go back to aerated drinks.
It is important to note that even a one percent drop of water in our body leads to innumerable problems with many of our vital organs, circulatory or lymphatic systems, blood circulation, electrolyte balance, hormones, mind and thinking, energy levels, weight, and one’s health of skin and hair. Without adequate water or lack of hydration, our body can’t perform optimally and hence keeping ourselves hydrated is essential to beat the heat.
Here are a few drinks that can help you keep yourself hydrated. These drinks have been used in Indian homes for ages and it’s time to go back to our roots.
● Lemon shikanji: This is nothing but lemon water with salt, cumin seeds and sugar. We can always replace sugar with healthy options like jaggery or coconut sugar to make it healthy and beneficial for the body. Lemon keeps the body alkaline and the salt plus jaggery helps in balancing electrolytes. Plus, it’s the go-to refresher in most parts of India.
● Kokum water: Mix unsweetened kokum with a glass of water; then top it up with either salt, pepper or jaggery to get benefits. One can even make solkadi with the help of unsweetened kokum juice mixed in coconut milk and topped with salt, chaat masala and coriander leaves. Kokum is highly alkaline in nature and helps in cooling the body well; drinking a glass of kokum juice will help in reducing the heat in the body.
● Fennel- cumin water: Fennel and cumin both have digestive enzymes that help in improving digestion. They are rich in antioxidants. Make this infused water by adding a tablespoon of crushed cumin and fennel seeds to a litre of water and it can give you relief from acidity and gas almost instantly.
● Coconut water: This gift from nature is loaded with electrolytes and antioxidants and it is alkaline in nature and helps in adding instant cooling as well as hydration to the body. Adding one coconut water daily helps keep your body away from the heat.
Here’s to cool ‘healthy’ summer!