After being in the UAE long enough, you’ll realize that it feels like summer all year round. Though the winter days may be a little cooler, around this time of year, the summer heat will crack down on you. It means you have to take extra measures to stay hydrated as well as protecting skin cells from sun damage.

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Apart from the obvious, such as drinking plenty of fluids and wearing sunblock, the fruit is actually one of the best foods to consume to beat the summer heat. Not only is it available all year round, but it will also provide you with the hydration and nutrients to help you beat the heat, especially in the hotter summer days.

Here are 7 fruits that will help you beat the heat this summer.

1. Watermelon

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This fruit is the first and most obvious choice. If you can only have 1 fruit this summer, (and hopefully you don’t!) you’d better hope its watermelon. Not only can cool down your body temperature, but watermelon also consists of 92% water, which means your hydration levels will significantly increase with every bite.

On top of that, watermelon is packed with plenty of vitamins, minerals, calcium as well as dietary fibres. Watermelon also has a high level of lycopene, which is important for bone and cardiovascular health.

2. Pineapple

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Pineapple is a great tropical fruit to have in the summer as it contains lots of nutrients such as vitamin C and D. On top of that, pineapple is an anti-inflammatory and can help you recover from sunburns. Pineapple can be eaten on its own, in a fruit salad or as a condiment served with a cold drink.

3. Mango

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Mangos is another one of those fruits that are best served chilled. Its abundance of vitamins A, C, D, calcium, potassium and iron content make it the perfect fruit to have this summer. It is also known to help boost your immune system and prevent you from getting sick. Though it may be naturally sweet and contains natural sugars, mangoes actually help to regulate and control cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

4. Oranges

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Oranges are perfect during the summertime thanks to its high nutrient and vitamin content, as well as the fact its made up of 80% water. Oranges contain enough sodium to replenish sweat, prevent muscle cramp as well as joint pains. This makes it an ideal fruit to have during and after physical activity.

5. Raspberries

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This fruit is one of the best fruits you can have in the summer as they will hydrate you, as well as satisfy your sweet tooth. What makes raspberries great for the summer is that it contains plenty of vitamin C which can help to prevent skin from sun damage as well as sooth it. A cup of raspberries contains around 8 grams of, which can help you with digestion.

6. Strawberries

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Strawberries will help you beat the heat in two ways this summer. Firstly, it will hydrate you with its water content as well as lowering your body temperature. Secondly, strawberries contain flavonoids that can help to increase blood flow in the skin, and decrease its sensitivity to sunlight. You can have strawberries on its own, in a salad or fancy juice.

7. Tomato

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Though some of you can debate that tomato is a vegetable, it deserves a place on this list because of its fantastic ability to help you beat the heat this summer. Not only does it have a high water content to prevent dehydration, but tomatoes also contain an abundance of vitamins C and antioxidants that help to prevent skin damage and protect it from overexposure to sunlight.

Keep in Mind

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Apart from eating fruit, it’s important to make sure your body is reaching all of its dietary requirements. It means that you still need a fair share of meats and vegetables to sustain good health throughout the summer.

  • Don’t rely completely on fruit for hydration. Make sure you’re drinking enough fluids throughout the day. Particularly water. Fruit may provide you with some nutrition and keep your body cool; however, it still isn’t as effective as cold water. Make sure you drink water in between and along with all your meals.
  • Protect your skin. As the summer days are scorching and the sun as burning down on you, it’s important to make sure you’re covering your self with sufficient layers of clothing. Also, make sure you put open SPF sunscreen and apply it to the areas that are mostly exposed to the arms.

As long as you’re doing all the above points as well as getting a good amount of fruit in your diet, you should be safe this summer. Take the extra steps and effort to protect your skin and health so you can enjoy the summer without letting the heat becomes too much. If you have trouble beating the heat or have an existing health condition that may cause you problems this summer, speak to your doctor about how you can approach this summer.

Head over to the Okadoc app to immediately book an appointment with your health practitioner.