Feeling hot, hot, hot? There are many ways to stay cool this summer, but one of the most surprising and satisfying is by eating certain foods. Sixty percent of your body weight is made up of water, which is crucial to ensuring your organs and muscles work properly. To stay hydrated and healthy, here are some foods and drinks that will keep you cool in the heat.
One of the most commonly known ways to cool off is to drink water. Water will rehydrate you and replenish your body of the water lost throughout the day. Avoid any high-sugar drinks, like soda. Also avoid any alcohol, which will dehydrate your body.
Another effective way to rehydrate is to eat fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. Some examples of fruit include watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes. Examples of vegetables include cucumbers and lettuce.
Contrary to popular belief, some nutritionists believe eating salty food can actually help you cool down. Salt is one of the electrolytes you lose during sweating, so by eating healthy salty foods, like olives and pickles, you can help replenish and rehydrate your body.
Eating smaller portions of meals may also help you feel cool throughout the day. When you eat large amounts of food, you experience a rise in temperature, since your metabolic rate increases to allow digestion. According to Eastern Medicine, foods are categorized into cooling foods and warming foods. These foods can affect the temperature of the body. Some foods have cooling properties like mung beans, sushi, sprouts and non-spicy foods. These foods are considered yin foods as opposed to yang foods which have warming properties. Foods like garlic, onions, cherries and dates have warming properties and these should be avoided during hot weather.
The most obvious food people think of to cool down is ice cream. It has been an integral part of our culture for years. However, ice cream may not be the best thing for you. It’s high in sugar and will make you feel sluggish. Instead, try a frozen banana or grapes. Not only are they refreshing, but they are also healthy.
Southern California Tips for Eating in the Heat
Pejae Chai, Intern, WestCoast Magazine