It’s hot, and in this extreme heat it’s easy to make less than helpful choices to try and cool down.
If you can a refreshing swim is a great option, just make sure you ‘slip, slop slap’
When it comes to keeping cool with food we thought we’d share this interesting article by Damijana Presečnik, M. Sc. in Nutrition …
“In summer, it is difficult to avoid the heat and uncomfortable feelings of sweat, stickiness and fatigue that come with being exposed to the warm sun. Luckily, it is possible to reduce the effects of heat by eating “cool foods” to help lower body temperature.
Foods such as watermelons, cucumbers, apples, and leafy greens can accomplish a lower body temperature. In addition to consuming the previously mentioned foods, avoiding or reducing items such as spicy or “heavy” foods and alcoholic drinks can prevent body temperature from rising in the first place.
Warm weather also causes water loss in our bodies through sweat, which means extra effort is needed to correctly replace these valuable fluids. Check out the list below to view the pros and cons of various foods and beverages.
What do Watermelon and Cucumber Have in Common?
Many fruits and vegetables such as watermelon and cucumbers are rich in water content, which aids in increasing essential fluid intake to keep our bodies cool. Other helpful foods with high water content include melons, apricots, grapes, pineapples, peaches, apples, zucchini, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, and leafy greens.
Just remember, eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as fresh summer beverages, help keep the body hydrated and cool.
Spices to Avoid and Herbs to Use
Avoiding spicy foods is a simple way to stay cool, as strong spices elevate our body temperature and increase sweat production.
However, that doesn’t mean that all spices should be ignored in during the summer months. Try using chamomile, rosemary, parsley, and ginger, all of which aid in cooling the body down. You can also use these herbs in summer drinks along with coconut water and buttermilk, as both are natural cooling agents. And don’t forget, natural fruit juices are always a wise choice!
Did you know that in hot desert climates, locals tend to drink a lot of mint and green tea? Even a hot drink such as tea can help cool the body when made with these herbs. So next time, when consider ordering a glass of wine, try having a refreshing cup of mint tea instead. Always remember that alcoholic drinks raise body temperature.”
SO pop into your local greengrocer for a bit of air conditioning… AND to pick up all your cooling fruits, veggies, herbs and spices.
Stay cool friends!