‘You are just back from a long walk, grocery shopping or a strenuous workout and sweating profusely’…sounds familiar?

What is your first reflex when you enter home….?

Do you find yourself reaching out for a glass of Ice tea, packaged fruit juice, aerated beverages or powdered energy drinks?

Although irresistible and very tempting… these thirst quenchers can do more harm than good to the human body.

Pre-mixed ice teas are extremely high in refined sugar – and have nearly zero nutritive value. Why not make some fresh ice-tea at home.

Contrary to popular beliefs, fruit juices are not healthy at all. In fact the packaged varieties contain more calories than your fizzy drinks. And yes even homemade juices have high sugar content. The high levels of fructose (fruit sugar) in the body can increase your triglycerides and in turn lead to cardiovascular diseases. Its best to have whole fruits as they are full of fibre and other nutrients.

All kinds of fizzy drinks and colas are an absolute no- be it summer or any other season. They are loaded with calories and added sugar. Even the diet varieties are not good. Many youngsters are addicted to these fizzy drinks. Self realisation can help in reducing the consumption of these drinks.

Like all other things in life, sugar consumed in moderation is best for you. It is important to identify that apart from tea and desserts what are the other hidden sources of sugar. Cutting down on sugar is a good option. And artificial sweeteners are best used in moderation.

Summer in general brings with it hyperacidity, bloating, heaviness, constipation, loss of salt/electrolytes and dehydration issues. So instead of aerated cold drinks natural drinks like sugarcane juice, buttermilk, coconut water, nimbu pani, kokum sherbet or bel ka sherbet are better. These natural coolants are loaded with nutrients, electrolytes and minerals.

So the next time you feel tired and lacking in energy, opt for natural drinks. It will definitely quench your thirst and rejuvenate you from within.

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