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Some Healthy Drinks to Refresh You in Summer

Updated on March 22, 2014

Health Problems Associated with summer:

Winter is gone and the days are becoming hotter day by day. In countries of the tropical regions, summers are really painful. A lot of sweating, sunburns, dehydration, skin problems, itching, heat rashes and many other problems come along the funs awaiting summers. Nights are pleasant outside, but then mosquitoes don’t spare. At times life becomes horrible that we are left with little energy to do anything during peak summers in a country like India.

Probably, most of the health problem associated with hot summers is because of rapid dehydration caused from sweating and evaporation of body fluid. Dehydration makes us feel low and excessive sweating makes us lose essential body salts and other minerals. It is therefore necessary to rehydrate our body by sufficient fluids. During winters most of us get acquainted with low water intake or with hot drinks like soups, coffee and tea that we don’t like to take in summers. Our winter fluid habits make our life difficult in coping with summer.

Juices for Summer

Taking a lot of juices everyday may provide a relief for the dehydration and energy loss during summer
Taking a lot of juices everyday may provide a relief for the dehydration and energy loss during summer

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Summer Fruits and their Water content

With all the problems mentioned above, summer also comes with numerous fruits and vegetables that are naturally fit for dealing with many of the health problems associated with the summer season. Fruits and vegetables that have higher water content are especially good for summer. This hub describes some of the summer fruit drinks that are not only good for health in terms of their water content, they are also rich in minerals and natural salts that our body starves during summer. The Table below shows a list of fruits and vegetables that are abundantly available during summers and their water contents.

In the following paragraphs, we have presented some simple recipes for wonderful drinks made of fruits and vegetables available in summer. At the same time we have also presented some nutritional details of these drinks.

Fruits
Water Content
Strawberries
92
Watermelon
92
Champagne Grapes
91
Grapefruit
91
Cantaloupe
90
Honeydew Melons
90
Peaches
88
Nectarines
87
Raspberries
87
Apricots
86
Blueberries
85
Limes
85
Plums
85
Asian Pear
84
Loganberries
84
Barbados Cherries
81
Cherries
81
Grapes
81
Key Limes Citrus aurantifolia
80
Lychee
80
Vegetables
Water Contents
Cucumbers
96
Lettuce
96
Radishes
95
Zucchini
95
Butter Lettuce
94
Tomatoes
94
Chayote Squash
93
Bell Peppers
92
Eggplant
92
Peas
79

Cool Drinks for summer: 1-Strawberry, Honey

Process: Wash the strawberries properly, cut into pieces and blend 100 grams with a spoon of honey. Add ice and serve.

Nutritional Content and Health Benefits: Strawberries have many health benefits. Strawberries are believed to have anti-Cancer properties due to its phenols, vitamin C, folate and flavonoids content. They are antioxidants but also increase the uric acid levels in the body. They are especially good for eyes and heart.


2. Watermelon, lemon, (black salt or honey)

Process: Cut the red ripe watermelon into pieces (don’t remove the rind as it contains a lot of citrulina beneficial for low libido problems), mix well in a blender and let the juice settle for five minutes. The seeds which are heavier will settle down. Remove the juice gently to another container. Add honey (or salt if you wish), lemon juice and ice and serve.

Nutritional Content and Health Benefits: Apart from being refreshing, watermelon added with lemon juice is believed to be aphrodisiac. A watermelon is typically rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, riboflavin, niacin, panthothenic acid, choline, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, sodium, zinc, lycopene and a host of the vitamins and minerals

Strawberry Juice
Strawberry Juice
Watermelon Juice
Watermelon Juice

Process of making Juices

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 min
Ready in: 11 min
Yields: 150 gram of fruit may be considered as one serving

3. Honeydew Melon and Cantaloupes

Process: Blend the cut pieces of honeydew melon and serve with ice. It looks hard from outside, but after blending it becomes water only.

Nutrition and health benefits: The honeydew melon contains a large amount of folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, iron, magnesium, chlorine, calcium, copper, zinc, sodium, and sulphur. In terms of vitamins, it has almost everything A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E. It is anti-cancerous and a brilliant refreshment in summers. Some people love the smell and taste of honey melon. Some avoid it for the same reason. Cantaloupes have higher vitamin C content.

Honeydew Melon
Honeydew Melon
Cantaloupe Juice
Cantaloupe Juice
Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit Juice

4 Grapefruit Juice

Process: Instead of a blender, we need a juicer to extract grapefruit juice. It tastes sour and bitter. So, one may add honey to it if wishes.

Grapefruits are very helpful in losing weight as the enzymes in it burn fats and increase body metabolism. It is also helpful in preventing arthritis and the lycopene content in grapefruits help prevent cancer and tumors. Another component called naringenin in grapefruits also help recovering from prostate cancer by repairing the damaged DNA.

References:

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      All these drinks look liked they'd be very refreshing on a warm summer's day.

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