5 Foods to Help You Stay *COOL* this Summer
When it comes to cooling down, air conditioning or a fan is the first thing people often turn to, but not everyone has that luxury. Believe it or not, there’s a way to cool yourself down by eating certain foods. In an article by Devon Brown on TimeOut.com, she speaks to Soho Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist Mia Hatgis (check her out on acumamamia.com), who discusses 5 different foods you can eat to help cool off.
1. WATERMELON – When dealing with thirst, low energy, headaches and dizziness, watermelon can help. Chinese herbalists use watermelon to prevent or recover from heatstroke. The fruit increases the amount of fluid in the body. Hatgis states, “Composed of 93 to 96 percent water, watermelon allows the body to generate fluids, maintains electrolyte balance and induces urination, which is a very efficient way of clearing heat from the body.”
2. MUNG BEAN – Mung bean is very popular in China — it’s mixed with noodles, rice, cakes and desserts. Better yet, it’s known to reduce fever and thirst. Mung beans help the body rid itself of toxins and reduce inflammation, which is especially helpful after a long night of partying or a day filled with consuming fast foods.
3. BITTER MELON – Bitter melons are valued in Asia for their ability to restore the hot and cold temperatures of the human body. According to Chinese Medicine, bitter melon is a hot food with cooling benefits. According to Hatgis, “Frozen or refrigerated foods and beverages tend to weaken digestion, and lead to that sluggish feeling associated with summer days,” Instead rely on hot foods such as Bitter Melon Stir-fry with Beef, to cool the body.
4. PAPAYA – Papaya is great for people who find cold foods hard to digest. “Papaya prevents the lethargy and loos of appetite associated with hot summer temperatures. It’s full of digestive enzymes that clear inflammation in the body, and helps drain toxins and generate fluids,” says Hatgis. Papaya offers the most when it’s consumed raw.
5. CUCUMBER – Cucumbers are rich in vitamins, alkaloids and chlorophyll. Additionally, they’re made up of 90% water and replenish electrolytes. Like the mung bean, cucumbers are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. They’re known to help reduce your risk of certain cancers. Cucumbers not only cool you down, they’re providing your body with substances to live a long and healthy life!
How will you cool down in this summer?