HEALTHY SUMMER FOODS TO ADD TO YOUR DIET
Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn. The two antioxidants - lutein and zeaxanthin - in corn may act like natural sunglasses, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays.
An iced pick-me-up is a great way to start your summer mornings. Better yet: drinking a single cup of coffee daily may lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
They deliver a host of health benefits. You may have heard drinking tart cherry juice can help you get a better night’s sleep and quell post-workout pain but did you know that compounds in tar cherries may help you slim down and get leaner?
There’s no question that sunscreen should be your first line defence against the blazing summer sun. But eating tomatoes could give you a little extra protection: consuming more lycopene - the carotenoid that makes tomatoes red - may protect your skin from sunburn.
Staying hydrated keeps your memory sharp and your mood stable. It also helps keep your body cool (by sweating) during hot summer months. The good news is that you don’t just have to drink water. You can eat it too, in addition to delivering skin-protecting lycopene, watermelon is 92% water (hence the name). Research shows that eating foods that are full of water helps keep you satisfied on fewer calories.
Sure, a tall glass of iced tea on a hot day is refreshing, but drinking it regularly may lower your risk of alzheimer’s and diabetes, plus have healthier teeths and gums and stronger bones. Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids. Regardless of the variety - black, green, oolong, white or herbal - maximize the power of tea’s flavonoids by drinking it freshly brewed. If you want to keep a batch of cold tea in your refrigerator, add a little lemon juice.