Beat the heat and chill out, my friends!
I don’t know about you guys and gals, but this heat across the US has me wanting to escape to the arctic! Fortunately, I have a few tips to help us keep cool while giving our taste buds a little treat. Win, win!
1) Eat astringent foods- Astringency is the term used to describe that dry, almost puckering feeling you get when you drink red wine. Astringent foods contain tannin, the molecule that provides the “dryness.” When you consume astringent foods, the tissues of your body contract, or shrink, and increase water absorption by the body. Because it takes a lot of energy to increase the temperature of water your body’s internal temperature stays cooler, longer.
2) Make Green Veggies Your Best Friend! Green, leafy vegetables (i.e spinach, kale and broccoli) are packed with calcium, which is crucial to your body’s thermoregulatory abilities. I found this tip a little hard to believe because I am ALWAYS hot and love veggies. Perhaps I don’t consume enough ‘green?’
3) Avoid the Diuretic Foods. You need to stay hydrated during the summer months, and consuming food that acts as a diuretic is redundant. Like coffee? Stop drinking it! Iced coffee has forever been a go-to of mine in the summer, but, come to find out, it actually makes things worse in the long run! Who knew? Not this guy.
4) Put down the steak! Consuming foods that are high in protein force your body to work harder. It takes your body a longer time to break down protein, so don’t eat as much when it’s a thousand degree’s outside!
5) Water it up! Like stated above, water is key to a happier, cooler body temperature! Try eating foods that have a high water content, like watermelon and cantaloupe. And instead of that sodium-rich soda, try adding just a glass of water to your dish. I know, I know– water isn’t delicious. Well, I promise that your body will thank you!
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