Summer 2022: Avoid 3 nutritional mistakes

Summer is the favorite season of many people; after all, temperatures are rising so that after work we can sit in the afternoon sun and have a barbecue with friends or swim in the outdoor pool or lake on the weekends. Unfortunately, heat also has disadvantages: for example, it can affect our sleep or cause circulatory problems and headaches. We must also change some eating habits when the temperature is high.

In general, in summer, especially when the temperature is around 30 degrees, we should eat light foods and in smaller portions, since heavy and high-fat foods put extra pressure on our body. Their digestion extracts energy from us and also produces heat. We will also explain what else should be taken into account to support our body.

Summer 2022: Avoid 3 nutritional mistakes

1. Few fruits and vegetables

In summer, we lose a lot of fluid through sweat, which increases our need for fluids. To prevent dehydration, we must not only drink enough water, but also make sure we eat enough fruit and vegetables. Many varieties, such as watermelon, cucumber, tomato, strawberry or zucchini, have a high water content. Various types of fruits and vegetables also provide you with important vitamins and minerals that help our bodies.

2. Eat low in salt

We are all aware that too much salt is unhealthy: not surprisingly, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) recommends not exceeding the daily amount of 6 grams of salt, which corresponds to approximately one teaspoon. Unfortunately, many people in this country consume too much salt, the average salt consumption per capita in Germany is 8 to 10 grams. And not without consequences: eating salt puts pressure on the kidneys and can even cause high blood pressure, so we must stick to the amount specified by the DGE. In summer, however, we need more salt due to sweat loss, so we can add a little more salt when temperatures are high.

3. Avoid spicy foods

You often read that you should avoid spicy food in summer, but that is not entirely true. Chili in particular makes us sweat because of the capsaicin it contains, but this also triggers a cooling reaction in the body because it affects the heat receptors in the mouth. If you like it, you don’t have to do without Thai curry and company. Another bonus: chili peppers contain antibacterial ingredients and stimulate circulation.

Also interesting: Chili – 5 benefits for your health >>

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