Say bye to heat, hello to healthy food

Get down after 11am on any given day in October in Mumbai and you will notice most people travelling with a scarf and goggles to beat the heat. As ‘Heat-wave’ hits the city, here are tips to conquer the scorching sun by eating right and staying bright

Say bye to heat, hello to healthy food

Ever since the month of October began, the cotton and light clothes from our closets have got another chance to see the light of the day! Sun is out in full swing and My Medical Mantra has got some tips on what to eat and what to avoid.

It’s only five day since the month began and Mumbaikars have sweated it all out! The weather in this month of October is called, ‘October Heat’. With movements of the sun from the south, the monsoon trough from northern plains become weaker. Wednesday recorded 35.8 degrees Celsius which was higher than last October according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). With all of this, there is a stronger need to eat right and staying bright.

Water-based fruits should be consumed more. “Cucumber, sweet lime, orange, and watermelon should be consumed more. Anything with lot of cool fluids should help. Buttermilk and coconut water will work wonders. A big no-no to junk as well as oily food,” said Pooja Udeshi, Sports nutritionist and certified diabetes educator and practicing at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital.

Staying hydrated is the key to happiness this season. Rutika Murudkar, clinical nutritionist at Naraindas Morbai Budhrani trust said, “Stay hydrated, carry some liquids while travelling and snack on khakra, thepla, roasted nachni and soya chips. Maintain electrolyte balance in scorching heat.”

Consume raw food which has a lot of water content say experts. Manjari Chandra, Senior Consultant Nutritionist, Max Multi Specialty Centre, New Delhi said, “Beat the heat by eating raw food which has a lot of water content. Due to this weather, people are prone to infections and viral fever, so it is important to boost immunity. Don’t consume stale food. Re-heating the food is also not a good idea as bacterial infection can rise. If you are eating out, eat well-cooked and fresh food.”

Beat the October heat by following these useful tips:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Snack on thepla, khakra, roasted nachni and soya chips
  • Consume Buttermilk (add mint leaves and sabja in it), curd, coconut water, Nimbu paani, berries, oranges, cucumber, and watermelon
  • Drink Shrabats – kokam, aamala, khus
  • Drink Infused water with spices
  • Consume salads, citrus fruits, pear and drink juices
  • While eating out, eat well-cooked and fresh food
  • Avoid junk, spicy and oily food, flavoured water, alcohol and carbonated drinks
  • Don’t consume stale food
  • Re-heating the food is not a good idea