The summer heat can take a toll on your skin and hair, but it can be a bit harsh on your gut as well. As the temperature rises, your digestive system weakens and slows down, resulting in a slew of issues. It makes us wonder if stomach problems in the summer a result of too much exposure to sunshine?

It could be purely coincidence, or it could be a sign of anything more serious going on with your health. Consult a doctor if you have other health problems in addition to digestive troubles. And if you’re worried about stomach sickness, we’ve got some solution for you.

Is it true that summer has an impact on digestive health?

According to a Swiss study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, there is a higher risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flare-ups and infectious gastroenteritis (IG) during a heatwave.

Moreover, summer is associated with the element of fire, which governs the Pitta dosha, according to Ayurveda. Seasonal changes and harsh weather can often impair digestive fire.

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Tummy troubles are common in summer! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Summer heatwaves can be a nightmare for anyone who already has stomach issues. Dr. Mrudul Dharod, Gastroenterologist, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road, Mumbai, has shared home cures with Health Shots to help you get through these humid summer months.

Here are 7 tips to maintain better digestive health:

1. Avoid coffee, alcohol, or sodas

If you happen to drink a lot of coffee, alcohol, or carbonated drinks during the summer, then you need to be mindful. These things can quickly dehydrate you and irritate your stomach. So, stay away from these beverages and stay healthy.

2. Exercise every day without fail

If you have abdominal distress or any digestion issues, it will be imperative for you to work out on a daily basis. Staying physically active and exercising daily can help you get that much-needed relief from abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and indigestion. Try exercising indoors when the climate outside is too hot. At home, you can do exercises such as walking, aerobics, Zumba, weight training, and even yoga. Workout for at least 5 days a week for a minimum of half an hour.

3. Make buttermilk and curd a part of your daily diet

These things will help to soothe the irritated stomach, keep the digestive system healthy, and ease digestion. Moreover, having buttermilk and curd regularly will minimize your chances of suffering from acidity.

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Buttermilk is a wonder drink! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Eat a nutritious diet

Try to include fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, melons, apples, cucumbers, berries, corn, salads, mint water with lemon, lemon water, and pears this summer. Avoid fatty, processed, canned, and junk food.

5. Avoid sugar

Skip foods with sugar, added flavors, and color that can invite problems like bloating and stomach pain. Also, say no to heavy meals that can further lead to indigestion.

6. Do not overeat

Do not sleep immediately after eating, as it can lead to acidity and heartburn. Eat food in smaller quantities and chew it thoroughly.

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Always consume food in moderation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

7. Don’t forget probiotics

Kefir and kimchi contain gut-friendly bacteria and can relieve stomach problems like diarrhoea which are frequently seen during summer. Try to make these good additions to your diet and take the utmost care of your gut.

Apart from that, remember to drink enough of water throughout the day to keep your body cool and relaxed.