I don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world, but with this heat we are baking here in Los Angeles! And when I say baking, in L.A. terms that means 85 plus degrees! I mean, “heat”, or temperature for that matter, is really a subjective term, right? I’ve been so bothered by this heat, I’ve been inside 95% of the time this weekend. I also think twice about cooking anything that forces me to turn-on my oven or stove for fear of increasing the temperature in my apartment. Please note 2 things: Number 1 – I live on a hill, on the 5th floor of a 5 story apartment complex. Of course, it’s just expected to be warmer. Secondly, I have a sensitive pup who can exhaust himself to the point of heavy panting with a 10 minute walk in this type of heat so it’s super critical to keep my buddy cool; all my flat-faced dog-loving friends, I know you feel me! Because I’ve decided to avoid being outside this weekend, I was inspired to Google search “How to Keep Cool”. Which caused another avalanche of thoughts bringing me to ask myself, “If I can’t easily keep cool externally, how can I keep cool internally?” In other words, “What do I have to eat to keep me from sweating so much?!” Here’s a list of food and drinks to help you reduce your internal body temperature and stay cool this summer!
Coconut Water – The key ingredient in coconut water: potassium. Potassium, an electrolyte and the third most abundant mineral in the body, is lost when you sweat. Replenishing this source of electrolytes allows for normal regulation of body fluids, digestion, and muscle function. A beneficial, naturally sweet, low-calorie drink? Yes, please!
Pomegranate Juice – In India, there is a famous saying, “1 pomegranate for 100 diseases.” Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine and healing in India, suggests drinking pomegranate juice to keep cool, encourage digestive health, and even act as a natural aphrodisiac.
Milk – Ever hear about drinking milk after ingesting spicy food to reduce the burning sensation? Sounds like milk may also aid in lowering your body temperature. Some sites suggest mixing butter or honey in milk. In Ayurveda, buttermilk is often ingested by women who are suffering from hot flashes.
Cucumber – If you’re looking for an edible source of hydration, there’s no better food than the cucumber. Composed of 96% water, not only do cucumbers do wonders for those dark under eye circles, but cucumbers have great anti-inflammatory properties and vitamin K – a vitamin essential in blood clotting.
Watermelon – Is there a more popular summer fruit than watermelon? Thank goodness for such a delicious treat to help keep us cool! Made of 92% water, watermelon is a fair source of potassium, vitamins A and C, and contains lycopene which is long known as a cancer-fighting antioxidant.
Radish – Just like cucumbers and watermelon, the radish also has anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting characteristics. In addition to its high water and fiber content, radishes can be utilized to fight candida, such as yeast infections or athlete’s foot.
Herbs and Supplemental Grains/Seeds
Mint/Peppermint – Mint is great because it contains an organic chemical called menthol. Menthol activates cold-sensitive receptors in the skin. So when mint is sniffed, eaten, or applied to the skin, a cooling sensation follows.
Sandalwood – Sandalwood, particularly sandalwood oil, has benefits similar to that of lavender oil – it can increase mental clarity and encourage a feeling of relaxation. Rubbing sandalwood oil on your skin will produce an instant cooling sensation. In the Chinese culture, sandalwood can be used to create a tea and ingested to cool the body down.
Cardamom – A main ingredient in Indian curry meals, cardamom is also known to effectively reduce body temperature. Another tasty treat to ensure you get cardamom – a refreshing chai tea latte!
One of my favorite beverages to have in the summer is this watermelon, cucumber, and mint cooler from Belle Vie. Not only is it delicious, but it’s refreshing with or without alcohol! What’s your favorite thing to eat or drink to keep cool? Comment below!