Beat the heat – Watch what you eat!

Here are some tips and tricks for staying cool when the weather is hot…and I’m not talking about freezing your sheets!

What to Eat to Beat the Heat:

YES: hydrate hydrate hydrate. You’re  loosing lots of water through sweat.

YES: eat small meals more often. Eating a big meal will slow down your circulation.

NO:  high protein meals – protein increases metabolic heat.

YES:  spicy food – it enhances circulation and causes sweating, which cools the body down.

NO: alcohol – as good as a cold one sounds, it dehydrates the body!

NO: caffeine – it increases metabolic heat. Yes…even an iced coffee!

YES: chrysanthemum tea – it’s said to be a cooling herb which clears the head.

YES: coconut water – it has more electrolytes than Gatorade and is an excellent source for energy, hydration, and potassium! Plus, it’s delish!

YES: fruits & veggies with high water content (lettuce, cucumber, watermelon, corn on the cob and squash)

NO:  ice cream – anything ingested that is significantly lower than actual body temperature will initially produce a cooling effect but after 15-20 minutes, the body will physiologically respond to energy (i.e. heat) loss by increasing blood flow to the ‘cool’ region and bring the temperature back up to a physiological ‘body temperature (98.6 degrees).

 

Have a happy healthy day, and stay cool!

Caitlin

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