Foods to keep you cool

by Yvonne Lin, Nutritionist and dietitianWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

AS THE WEATHER WARMS UP, MOST OF YOU ARE PROBABLY GUZZLING LITRES AND LITRES OF WATER STAYING INDOORS WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER ON, TRYING TO STAY COOL. BUT DID YOU KNOW THERE IS AN EVEN BETTER WAY FOR YOU TO STAY COOL, FROM THE INSIDE OUT?

Keeping cool can be as simple as choosing the right types of food to eat. Have you noticed that with each season, nature provides us with abundance of specific types of foods? Eating in season is the number one rule that will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Air conditioners are great and so are icy cold water, but fill your diet with these refreshing summer foods to keep cool and nourished all summer long.

foodsToKeepYouCool

MINT

Contains a compound called menthol, it doesn’t actually cool your body down, but it tricks your body into thinking it feels cooler.

CUCUMBER

Made up of 96% water, you really can keep “cool as a cucumber” when you include this in your summer diet. Cucumber keeps the body hydrated and help eliminate toxins from the body. Great on its own, added into salads or green smoothies.

BANANAS &MANGOS

Most fruits that grow in the summer time are high in potassium; helps you stay hydrated, whilst the temperature is high outside.

WATERMELON

Containing 90% water, this juicy and thirst quenching fruit will hydrate the cells in your body acts as your body’s internal air conditioner. It is also packed full of antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene as well as potassium and magnesium, nutrients essential for hydration, skin and immunity.

COCONUT WATER

Packed full of electrolytes, these are the perfect drink to beat dehydration. Avoid ones that have additives and sugars, best to go straight coconut water or fresh from the fruit.

YOGHURT

Yoghurt is full of gut friendly bacteria, choose ones that are high in protein to keep you full and cool you down. Make parfaits for breakfast or freeze them for a cool summer treat.

CITRUS FRUITS

The sour taste of these fruits promotes salivation, which helps to keep mouth moist. Improve the palpability of plain water by adding in a few slices of citrus fruits. It is not only good for your skin and immune system it will also encourage you to drink more water.

LEAFY GREENS

High in nutritional value and easy to digest they are fast and easy options in summer. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, Asian greens and kale are a great source of calcium, which is important to our body’s thermoregulatory abilities; the process in which the body regulates its internal temperature. Remember to add in some protein to keep you full for longer.

Before reaching for an ice-cream cone, why not try using these foods to make some delicious and cooling desserts and snacks for the summer festive season. They will cool your body down and have natural health benefits as well.

You can find more articles like this in our Summer 2016 issue e-magazine!
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