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The foods you should eat to cool down in hot weather

By Lutho Pasiya Time of article published Oct 4, 2021

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When you are spending scorching spring or summer days outside, it is pretty standard to rely on icy cold beverages and popsicles to beat the heat.

But, according to health experts, there are better (and equally delicious) ways to cool down from the inside out: cooling foods for the body.

Below, we have put together a round-up of some of our favourite cool foods for hot weather, that we know you will enjoy. So read on, get cooking, and prepare to chill out in foodie style.

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Milk

Drinking a glass of cold milk with honey, early in the morning on an empty stomach helps lower the body temperature for the rest of the day.

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Peppers

Yes, you read that right. In the past year, I learned that chilli pepper has the effect of making your body think you are “overheating”, so when you sweat while eating spicy food, this allows you to lower your internal temperature.

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Cucumber

“Cool as a cucumber” – heard that one, right? Cucumbers instantly hydrate the body and bring down the body heat. Snack on them as a salad or with your favourite dip. There is no wrong way to consume them.

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Fish

Health experts reveal that to boost the protein content in your diet, without depending on the meats, turn to fish. Rich in good fatty acids, they say fish makes for a tasty alternative. So since it generates less heat on consumption, you won’t feel sluggish and uncomfortably full, a feeling that we usually associate with having chicken and meat dishes.

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Watermelon

A great hot-weather super fruit and the perfect thirst quencher, watermelon is essentially 90%, water which makes you feel full and stay hydrated. It is also a great substitute for those with a sweet tooth, as the natural sugars can satisfy the craving. This low-calorie snack is also packed with minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins.

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Onions

You may be surprised to read this, but experts also reveal that raw onions actually have cooling properties. They note that onions help replenish the electrolytes in the body, due to the presence of a high amount of potassium and sodium in them, and, furthermore, they contain oils that help regulate the temperature of the body and should be consumed on hot days to enjoy their cooling effects.

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Coconut water

Most people that I know do not really like coconut water, but this is the go-to drink when it is hot. Coconut water is full of natural electrolytes and gives your body an instant boost, especially when you are exhausted after a long day out in the heat.

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Leafy greens

One might not associate leafy greens, like spinach, with cooling benefits, but including them in your diet ensures that you stay hydrated with their high water content. They are also easy to digest, which means that your body will not expend too much energy or heat, while processing these crunchy leaves.

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