How can fresh produce balance health during extreme weather conditions?
Today, significant parts of the country are grappled with heatwaves.
In fact, March 2022 was recorded as the hottest month in 122 years.
Human bodies take time to adapt to changing weather, especially when the change is so harsh. Even after that, this extreme heat can impact your health in many ways.
You are susceptible to dangerous health problems, from dehydration and electrolyte imbalance to severe conditions like heatstroke. So the question is, how can you upkeep your health and survive this heat?
One of the best ways is to integrate fresh produce into your daily diet. Kensho Daily is home to such fresh fruits and vegetables.
We have consolidated a list of prominent benefits that you can avail of by resorting to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Benefits of eating fresh produce during weather extremities
Along with adding exotic flavors to your meal, fresh summer produce is a potpourri of great nutritional value- such as phytochemicals, antioxidants, and other micronutrients.
So, let’s take delve deep into these health benefits,
Keeps your body hydrated
First and foremost, maintaining the water reserve of our body is critical during this scorching heat. Fruits and vegetables are the best means to hydrate yourself.
Did you know, watermelon has 92% water content?
This is a panacea to beat the heat. Apart from that, most of the citrus fruits are juicy and rich in water content. Coming to the vegetables, cucumbers, zucchini, celery, lettuce, etc., are ideal hydrating produce.
Provides a sumptuous amount of Vitamins
Vitamins are quintessential nutrients that regulate our energy levels during summers. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins. Our very own King of Fruits- Mango is rich in Vitamin A, B, C, and E. Needless to say, citrus fruits, as the name suggests, are rich in citric acid that is Vitamin C.
Mouth-watering berries are rich in Vitamin C and E. Vegetables like broccoli are rich in Vitamin C and K, and other greens comprise Vitamin A in different proportions.
Contains a healthy amount of antioxidants
During summers, our body is exposed to high amounts of UV radiation which can lead to release of free radicals. These are the predecessors of severe diseases such as cancer, heart ailments, etc.
Antioxidants are the antidotes to these and are found in large quantities in fruits and vegetables. Mangoes, carrot, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, blueberries, etc., are rich sources.
Indigestion and constipation are commonly heard problems during the summer season. The presence of high amounts of fiber in fruits make them vital to boost metabolism in the body.
Apples, bananas, oranges, mango, persimmon have around 3-8 gm of fiber content.
Boosts your immune system
Our body’s immune system has to function at its maximum potential to bear with the harsh effects of the extreme weather. Undoubtedly, the presence of Vitamin C, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other vital nutrients in fruits and vegetables make them ideal to enhance our immunity.
You can even add ginger, basil, mint to the fresh fruit juices and make immunity boosters at home.
It is now evident that fresh produce are incumbent to help prevent negative repercussions of extreme weather such as these heat waves. Kensho’s inventory of fresh indigenous and exotic fruits and vegetables will keep you healthy and recharged at all times.
So are you ready to beat the heat with us?