Fruits are lovable part of the diet all over. These are naturally sweetened, flavored palatable to famish over whenever you want and the bonus is the vitamins and minerals we get and other innumerable benefits. They are overloaded with vitamins and other nutrients and antioxidants and keep you fit, healthy, and hydrated and also the pleasurable feeling you get after the consumption. The refreshing experience of the fruits is irreplaceable. The wrenching heat of summer demands hydration of body or otherwise it gets too stressed up and tiring. In summer, your body water levels drop so quickly that you wouldn’t even realize when you are already dehydrated due to sweating. Obviously, water is the best bet for hydration, but you also need to make up for the electrolytes you loose in sweat due to sun or heat. For that, you need fruits to keep you fully refreshed and hydrated. According to the old rule of thumb, one is supposed to drink eight glasses of water per day, which sometimes can’t be fulfilled due to any varied reasons. Though, its really important to drink plenty of water in the summertime, but one can also quench his thirst by having the hugely hydrating foods, which have atleast 90% water content. Hydrating foods provide us with plenty of fluids and nutrients to fuel the hotness of summer. Let’s go through these summer special fruits high in water and nutrients and how they benefit us in so many ways;
Watermelon: It is but obvious that juicy watermelon is full of water. It has almost 90% water content, low in calories and high in fiber, which helps in losing weight and prevents constipation and obviously keeps you hydrated. Afterall, it is the number 1 water containing fruit. They are also rich in Vitamin C, which provides protection against immune system deficiencies and also have Vitamin A which is important for good skin and good eyesight. The red skin of a watermelon is also a significant source of phytochemicals, called lycopene, a nutrient which is cancer fighting anti-oxidant. This fruit is really refreshing is a great incentive to drink more water overall.
Lychee: It is very sweet flavored, all time favorite fruit of old and young. It is a great source of Vitamin C, which helps to prevent cold, gum bleeding, heal wounds, build collagen for skin and bones, protects the heart and prevents infections and also helps the body to fight against cancer. They are very rich in polyphenols, which help to protect against heart problems, cancer and infections and lychees also help to improve bowel movement and digestion. Lychees are also a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that helps to control blood pressure, contract muscles and maintain fluid balance.
Pineapple: Pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties and growth of cancer cells and is a good source of energy. It is a great digestive fruit as contains enzyme bromelain, which softens the food in the stomach and is rich in fiber and relieves constipation. It is also rich in manganese that is necessary to build strong bones and connective tissues. It has high Vitamin C content which strengthens the immune system and improves hair, skin and nails.
Mango: The king of all fruits, Mango is very tasty, juicy, versatile fruit and is loved by everyone. The enzymes in mango help to improve digestion, and the Vitamin A in mango is like a power supply for your eyes and skin, improves acne, clears complexion, helps to prevent eyesight related issues and gives a glow to your skin, with anti ageing benefits. The vitamin B6 content helps to improve brain function and memory and Vitamin C helps to boost immunity. It also keeps the body cool and refreshed.
Honeydew Melon or Cantaloupe: This moist, luscious melon provides a big nutritional payoff for very few calories. It is a refreshing fruit filled with water give you cool feeling on a summer day. It is high in Vitamin A and C which helps to neutralize toxins and also helps in the synthesis of collagen, which is used to support blood vessels, ligaments and skin. It also improves skin texture and complexion. The potassium in the cantaloupe helps to lower high blood pressure. If you have a sweet tooth, it will definitely satisfy.
Peaches: The peaches, being naturally sweet, high in fiber and low in calories helps in weight loss. Also being a good source of Vitamin B provides energy. Peaches also provide magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, iron and calcium, and they work to support red blood cells, bone and nervous system health. Peaches are rich in Vitamin A, a great antioxidant, which helps in protecting the body against cancer, skin, eyes from damage. The fiber in peaches helps to lower cholesterol and they are a super source of potassium for normal BP, heart disease and muscle function.
Amla: Something that is extremely rich in Vitamin C is, amla. It is a powerful antioxidant and helps to prevent gum problems and prevents common cold and cough by boosting immunity. It has many benefits ranging from improving vision and cataracts and improves skin texture and act as anti ageing, also strengthens nails and prevent hair fall. It helps in the absorption of iron thereby preventing anemia and increases your digestive power and helps in weight loss as well. It also acts as a detoxifying agent for the liver and kidneys, prevents cancer, mouth ulcers and also enhances mood. Amla is really worth having.
Now, you can enjoy so many fruits this summer as per your choice and taste and keep your body healthy and hydrated, to keep your water levels high and feel refreshed at any time of the day in this hot summer.
Love fruits. Happy Summertime.