***Guest post by VD Sudeep***
5 drinks to quench your thirst this summer!!!!
Summer has officially started in the Northern Hemispere. Here, in Canada, we are now suddenly facing a climate of 30 degrees Celsius or more . The crazy sun which normally we Canadians love to bake our selves in, is now in our own back yard troubling us . Iced coffee, pop, sun cream, sun glasses all are back in fashion. As the sale of Ice Frappucino has started to increase at Starbucks , I am sitting here and can tell you that Summer has definitelybegun .
Sunstroke , thirst , early fatigue , decreased appetites are also routine for the day. We are searching for some thing that can be healthy , nourishing ,and a thirst quencher for us and our kids . Moms say:
” My son has cold, ohh well I know he plays in the sun and then he comes home and gulps down bottles of cold water with ice. I am sure that’s
what bothers him. Pop does not quench his thirst at all .What are some enjoyable drinks that I can get to help these kids
quench their thirst?”
For all those mothers and healthy adults who would like to have some nice options , here are a few of the solutions.
1] Water :
Yes water by itself will help us quench our thirst, just plain tap water or room temperature water . According to Ayurveda water does exhibit different properties at different temperature zones .Plain water or water at room temperature could be as invigorating , energetic as any thing else . Just try to sipping it and drinking it rather than gulping it down . Make sure you enjoy each sip of it and you will see that you can easily quench your thirst in the long run .
2] Lime water or Lemon water:
The basic drink of many North American entrepreneurs is lemon water. Many kids have sold this in their school days to just learn trade. Though being so simple, it is still such a fascinating nourishing drink.
Ayurveda describes three tastes that are nourishing to any person in this climate of summer heat .They are Sweet, Sour and Salty. What is lemon water? it has sugar in it which is sweet. It has lemon in it which is sour in taste and it has a pinch of salt in it .Remember in summer climate we do lose a lot of our energy in perspiration, so are sodium and chlorine molecules from the sweet. Its same elements we try to get back with this cooling drink namely Lemon water.
3] Coconut water :
Namely known as the elixir for the tropical people , its a very common drink in such countries as India , the Caribbean
and Mexico too .For those people who travel to the third world , looking for some alternative drink ,which is safe other than bottled water, Coconut water would be your answer.
A source of water in an actual fruit or nut whatever you call is considering high source of calcium, potassium sodium and chlorine in the plant kingdom. Because of the same combination of sweet, some sour and some salty you would find this water being also favored by many nutritional expert as a sports drink. No Fat content and high potassium is what appeals to them .So the next time you play outdoor or exercise in summer make sure you have a glass of Coconut water.
4] Fresh juice from seasonal fruits:
Try quenching your thirst with nice freshly squeezed juices of many seasonal fruits, such as oranges, apples, and water melon,or some vegetables like carrots. Try it. You would be amazed at how much your body would love those juices compared to any thing else. Not only would also get more benefit from different properties of fruit or vegetable used, but also you would satisfy your hunger in one way or another. Yes Hunger because as I have said before that in summer we drink so much water that our appetite is lower and then what would be nice is to just drink juices that can fill our stomach and our thirst too.
Another liquid which is loved as much as it has been hated because of lactose allergy issue for many in this part of the world .Thus this comes at the end of my list of liquids to have in summer .Warm milk or even room temperature milk would be nourishing for you and your kids for not just the thirst aspect , but also the nourishing aspect of it .Try it if you are not vegan or allergic to it .
Lastly to add few more hints, why not try some soaked cranberries and raisins after each time you feel thirsty? They both according to Ayurveda , have properties to quench one’s thirst and be helpful.
Thanks to Coolwired for allowing me to write my guest post on this blog.
Sudeep Chitnis works as an Ayurvedic Consultant and also blogs in his spare time from Canada . Do visit his blog or his twitter page .
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