Staying cool and comfortable in the summer months can be a challenge. But don’t let sweat or fatigue get you down. It’s possible to reduce the effects of heat by eating foods known to reduce body temperature. Foods with a high water content are hydrating and easy to digest, which helps the body stay cooler and more energized.
Combat the heating effects of the sun and stay cool this summer by exploring a few of these healthy, hydrating foods:
Colorful, sweet and refreshing on a hot day, watermelon wedges are a classic summer tradition for good reason. At 92% water, it is one of the most effective and delicious ways to increase the amount of fluid and crucial electrolytes in the body. For something new, try a Watermelon Agua Fresca with a twist of lime.
Like watermelons, cucumbers have very high water content. They are also rich in potassium, which is an electrolyte that gets lost as we perspire. They are a versatile fruit that can be added to salads and drinks, or simply eaten on their own as a convenient snack.
For a tropical burst of flavor in the summer heat, try pineapple. In addition to water, it’s also rich in bromelain, an enzyme which reduces inflammation and aids digestion. Add pineapple to a frozen green smoothie for a refreshing, healthy treat.
Citrus fruits like lemon have a cooling effect on the body and promote detoxification. Adding a slice of lemon or other citrus to plain water enhances the flavor and encourages you to drink more. For a fun adult twist, try spiked frozen lemonade pops with fresh lemon and whipped vodka.
Bananas are a great on-the-go cooling snack. They are an astringent food which increases the water absorption of cells and helps regulate body temperature. Bananas are also a healthy way to boost energy on a warm day.
Use herbs like mint and cilantro for their cooling properties. Cilantro detoxifies and helps ease digestion. It also promotes fluid retention which keeps the body hydrated on warm days. Add cilantro to salsas or salads for an easy hydrating boost. Mint makes a nice addition to tea or lemonade, or just eaten on its own for a cooling effect.
Another colorful, sweet fruit that’s full of water is the versatile berry. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are all high in water, generate energy and help cool you down. Summer is the best time for sweet berries that can be added to teas, salads and desserts. You could even try a berry cocktail or sangria. Who says drinking can’t be healthy?
Staying comfortable and hydrated during the summer months is important for your health and wellness. Once you know a few foods to help beat the heat, it’s easy. Have fun exploring new ways to enjoy these hydrating foods and stay cool!