It’s Summertime! What You Eat Can Beat The Heat!

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Hot enough for ya?  Overheating during the summer months can lead to serious health risks. Simply staying hydrated is not enough. We need to be getting the proper nutrients in your body to keep your system cooled off and functioning in a healthy manner.

So what foods and nutrients are going to cool us down? What should we avoid?

Let’s take a look:

First of all, you need to stay hydrated. This is a no brainer, but it’s not always water you need to stay hydrated. Low sugar juices, teas and even coffee are great beverages to keep your body hydrated.

Now let’s look at food:

Cool Fruits-Fruits have high water content so they will immediately help with hydration. They are also loaded with body cooling nutrients and antioxidants to keep you cool and energized throughout the day.

Some Great Cooling Fruits- Melons, berries, grapes, apples, pears and peaches, oranges and lemons, pineapple

-Mix them into a salad, or with some organic grains, or just eat them by the handful!

Fresh Cool Vegetables-There are a lot of veggies out there that help lower your body temperature.  Like fruit, they contain a significant amount of water which cools you off and allows you to absorb all of the healthy nutrients that vegetables provide.

Vibrant Veggies- leafy greens, cucumber, radishes, mint, cilantro, squash, broccoli, carrots, celery

-Raw is always best for hydration. Make a salad, juice them, serve them raw with your favorite healthy dip.

Spice is nice!-That’s right, adding a little spice to your food actually can cool you down. Spice in moderation may add some heat at first bite, but it will make your day cooler. Although spice is nice, be careful with your flavors and keep it on the mild side.

Cooling Spices-Ginger, Cayenne, Thai Chili, Turmeric, Black Pepper,Cumin

-Add these spices to grilled fish, salad dressings, and juices.

So now you know what to eat to stay cool, what foods should you avoid?

Processed Foods-We should be avoiding these altogether, but oils and chemical can make digestion worse during hot summer days.

Dairy-Take it easy on the ice cream! It’s a favorite summertime treat, but it may actually slow down your body’s ability to cool off.

Wheat/Gluten-It’s hard to digest and generates more heat throughout your body.

Roasted/Grilled Meats-I know it’s barbecue season, but take it easy on the fatty meats. Add some raw veggies and fruit to your plate. You will be more satisfied and stay cooler.

It may be the dog days of summer, but it you are mindful and add the right foods to your diet, you will stay cool, energized and healthy.

Now that’s what I call a cool summer.

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Stay cool and namaste y’all!

Bruce