Foods to Help You Beat the Summer Heat
By Sara Butler
When it’s hot outside it becomes even more important for you to make sure you’re getting enough water throughout the day. It’s easy to become dehydrated and increase your risk of heat exhaustion or worse – heat stroke. Sipping on water throughout the day is one way you can stay on top of your water intake, but don’t forget there are many foods high in water content that can help, too.
Cucumbers are nearly 95 percent water, so when you’re munching on one poolside, you’re helping to keep your body hydrated. Plus, one cup of cucumbers has less than 20 calories, making it a great snack that won’t add to your waistline. It also has a healthy dose of fiber to keep your digestive system happy and healthy, along with some Vitamin C to help protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
It’s not summer if you don’t have some cool slices out on the back porch! The USDA has found that watermelon stimulates the release of perspiration, making it easier for your body to regulate its temperature and help keep heat stroke away. So munch on all the watermelon you want this summer to help keep you cool and hydrated.
Craving a big bowl of mint ice cream in the heat? Well, it may not be just because ice cream is a cool treat on a hot summer day. Mint is one of the preferred ice cream flavors in the summer months because of menthol, which has been found to trick your brain into thinking mint-flavored anything is cold. So, forego the extra calories in ice cream and try some mint iced tea to help you feel cooler.
Kiwi is a great choice to help keep you hydrated but it has other benefits, too. It’s high in potassium and electrolytes that help your muscles to function well. If you’re overheated and on the verge of heat stroke, then it can make it difficult for muscles such as your heart to work properly. Kiwi knocks out stress on the heart and kidneys by providing you with water and minerals to help balance your electrolytes.
Staying hydrated in the summer is as important as ever! Make sure you take precautions to protect the health of you and your family when you’re outside on hot summer days.
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