It’s hot out, very hot, and when you don't have air conditioning, it's hard to escape temperatures that can be extreme. Here is a quick guide to help you make the most of your summerwhile enjoying yourself and above all… By keeping cool!
To keep cool, you should be eating:
Peppers: Yes, you read that right. The chilli pepper has the effect of making your body think you are ‘overheating,’ so when you get a good sweat on while eating spicy food, this allows you to lower your internal temperature.
Mint: Mint makes you feel refreshed, delightfully pleasant in such heat!
Hot soup: Just like chilli, hot soup will make you sweat, which will lower your temperature.
Watermelon: Watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline which naturally cools the body.
Things to avoid:
Eating too many carbs: They take longer to digest, which can make us feel warmer in the process.
Meat: We know, there is nothing that says summer like barbecues, yet meat is also difficult to digest and will have the same effect on the body as carbs.
Alcohol: Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body, so there is no need to dehydrate your body more when it is already thirsty during hot periods.
To stay hydrated:
Coconut milk: Coconut milk contains many nutrients that help to stay hydrated.
Cucumbers: Cucumbers prevent water retention, ideal for when you feel swollen during rising temperatures.
Check out the video above for more tips on keeping cool!