Summer special: 8 diet tips from Shahnaz Husain to stay hydrated

Here's how to take care of your skin, hair and body this summer!

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Summer Diet Tips

Staying hydrated is the easiest way for glowing skin and healthy hair during summer, in addition to losing weight and maintain a slim figure. As water stimulates blood circulation, it not only oxygenates the skin but also regulates the nutrient balance of skin and hair. But drinking 6- 8 glasses of water is not the only way to load up your water intake, here are few tips from beauty expert Shahnaz Husain for skin and hair care during summer.

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Nimbu paani: The conventional drink for summer, it is ideal way to fulfil the lost nutrients and water from the body. Add a teaspoon of honey and pinch of salt to freshly squeezed lime and water. If you suffer from diabetes, ask your doctor before using additives like salt, sugar and honey to fruits juices or drinks.

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Fruit Juices

Fruit juices: Even starting your day with a glass of fruit juices is the best way to kick-start your day. However, make sure that the fruit juices are freshly extracted and mixed with water to help you beat summer heat.

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Herbal Drink

Herbal drinks: Herbal drinks like herbal tea or barley water act as a natural coolants. You can add extracts of rose, khus khus or lemon juice to herbal drinks to improve its taste and healthy quotient.

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Iced tea: Instead of a hot cup of tea during the hot summer season, drinking a glass of chilled iced tea without milk might do the trick! Also, add one teaspoon of honey, little lemon juice and ice cubes for a cooling experience.

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Watermelon juice: A real thirst quencher, watermelon juice acts as a perfect combination of taste and health, especially during summer. Add 1 – 2 small chunks of watermelon, a teaspoon of lemon juice, crushed ice in a blender and extract the juice. For an added flavour, you can even add a teaspoon of rose water.

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Mint And Lemon

Lemon and mint drink: Lemon and mint leaves are a great combination for a soothing summer. Crush few mint leaves, add it to a glass of boiled water and allow it to stand for an hour. Add lemon juice, honey, pinch of salt and pepper and ice, when it cools down. As mint aids in digestion and exerts a cooling effect, it is the perfect drink to fight heatstroke.

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Summer Fruits

Fruits: With fruits like melons (kharbuja), cucumber (kakri) and watermelon easily available in the market, replenishing the water lost through sweat won’t be a big deal. To further increase your water intake, include clear soups, lassi, yogurt, salads and sprouts in your daily diet.

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Deserts: Ditch the sweet-laden deserts and oily foods. Instead have a bowl of yoghurt with honey and fresh fruits, a delicious alternative, if you have a sweet tooth. Even drinking a glass of lassi at the end of your meal not only aids in digestion but also keeps your body cool.