By Dr. Shikha Sharma
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Spices to Beat the Heat

Summer is rapidly approaching and with it comes an array of ailments in addition to the oppressive heat that can cause harm. In India, summer is the warmest season of the year, with the hottest months being May and June on average. During this season, the entire body is impacted by heat, including the skin, eyes, and digestive system. If preventive measures are not followed, the intense heat and persistent
dryness bring with them a frequent summer ailments.

All of us try to prevent ourselves as much as possible by implementing certain measures like making sure to consume lots of fluids to stay hydrated, staying inside during warmest parts of the day, dressing in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to keep our body cool, taking regular pauses to rest and cool off in a cool, shaded spot and much more. But due to the urban sophisticated lifestyle and daily routine, certain
necessary work can not be avoided in this season. So, it is better to indulge some home based spices in the daily dietary regimen which helps to beat the heat and prevents the ailments that are caused due to heqated nature of this summer season.

The kitchen based spices that are mostly available in every home now-a-days are:

The herb chamomile is soothing and cools the body and mind. Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory in nature and aids in digestion that can help counteract some of the symptoms of elevated pitta in the body, such as heartburn and inflammatory conditions.

Turmeric: With all of its amazing health advantages, turmeric is a safe, natural method to improve our overall health this summer. It is a great addition to our summer routines because of its cooling qualities, support for hydration, antioxidant protection, benefits for skin health, aid for the digestive system, and immune-boosting effects.

Cardamom seeds are suggested as a cooling spice due to their ability to reduce stomach acid and potentially alleviate ulcers. Due to its cooling properties, it is a good choice for the summers.

Aloe Vera has a remarkable ability to both inside and outwardly reduce body heat. You can quickly feel the cooling impact after applying the gel to your skin. Alternatively, you could blend the cucumber or mint with the aloe vera gel extract to create a smooth combination.

Fennel seeds are a well-liked cure to help keep the body calm thus avoiding heat stroke during the hot summer months. They are said to offer cooling qualities that calm the body, lessen heat production, and minimise inflammation.

Cinnamon: Because of its well-known thermogenic qualities, it aids in raising the body’s metabolic rate. The spice has ingredients that cause the body to burn calories and produce heat in order to digest meals easily.

Pudina, or mint, is a great herb to use in summer time to help cool the entire body including the gastrointestinal tract. Mint leaves contain menthol, which produces a calming effect that helps reduce body temperature and offers immediate relief from discomfort brought on by heat.

Holy Basil: Due to their high water content, basil leaves make a refreshing component to summertime cocktails.

Fenugreek seeds are another spice that works well to withstand the heat. It aids in the relief of heat-related flatulence. In the summer, fenugreek seed water helps to reduce body temperature.

Coriander seeds: As we all know, it keeps the digestive system clear, but in addition to it coriander seeds also aid in reducing summertime irritation to the skin and scalp.

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