Foods to Help You Beat the Heat This Summer
Posted on July 06 2012
This summer has been a scorcher already and it doesn’t look like the heat will be letting up anytime soon with August quickly approaching. So, we thought we’d let you in on some food tips to help you stay hydrated. Below you will find a few common foods and beverages that will help replenish the water in your body and restore burned skin cells as you sit by the fan this summer.
Cucumbers, Greens & Celery: Those those salads you've been trying to eat more of can actually help you in the heat! These vegetables are not only made of mostly water to help keep your body hydrated, but they all contain other nourishing vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function that often get lost as you sweat, or will just help you feel better.
Watermelon & Apples: While watermelon may seem like the obvious choice because it has ‘water’ in the title, what you may not know is that it also contains hydrating salts, calcium, magnesium, potassium (hello athletes), and sodium which will greatly help replenish your body in the heat. As for apples, the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has never rung more true. Not only are they juicy and refreshing, but they are known to lower cholesterol, are linked to weightloss and can help prevent cardiovascular disease and even cancer. So, with these two fruits alone, you will be replacing the water in your body, and filling it with vitamins and minerals that actually do a body good on a regular basis.
Cabbage: To some (including myself) this vegetable just looks like iceberg lettuce – a vegetable that contains mostly water and nothing else. However, did you know that cabbages can do so much more?! These little gems are known to lower cholesterol, contain Vitamin C, and actually helps repair the body from the inside out. In addition, cabbage contains fiber and natural probiotics for better digestion and body-water management.
Avocados & Broccoli: A well-known fact is that avocados are one of the few vegetables that are an excellent source of protein. What some may not be aware of, is that they are also a great source of potassium, healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and oleic acid (known to improve fat levels in diabetics and cholesterol control). Great for athletes, avocados replenish the body, and help it hold onto the water you’re feeding it. As for broccoli, or “the miracle food” as my mother calls it, this vegetable contains alpha lipoic acid – a fat and water soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. These vegetables definitely do a body good when it’s in distress, and taste great in almost anything.
Water and Coconut Water: Everyone knows that in order to hydrate your body, water is the best choice. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so it’s an easy beverage to digest. Add a little citrus fruit slice to it and not only will you have a great-tasting alternative to plain water, but the added Vitamin C and enzymes will further replenish what your body lost in the heat. An interesting, and currently popular alternative among athletes today, is coconut water. This type of water naturally contains vitamins, minerals and even electrolytes. So, not only does it taste great, but it also helps the body recover faster after a workout.
Remember: there’s only so much you can take off in the way of clothing. So use these good-for-you foods to stay both healthy and cool from the inside out to help you beat the heat this summer.