Products You Can Eat to Keep Cool During the Heatwave
USA — August 6, 2018
You might think that eating something really hot during a heatwave is not a good idea, but you would be wrong.
We consider a plate of soup in the evening as a traditional winter dish. However, according to nutritionist O'Shaughnessyб this is also a false assumption. On a summer evening, when the temperature starts to drop, a bowl of soup can really help people keep cool as "'it will make you perspire more, but as the sweat evaporates, the energy is absorbed into the air, therefore cooling the body."
Mr. O'Shaughnessy also believes a spicy chili is a good choice, as such food sends a signal to your brain that your body is overheated.
As a result, you will sweat more to cool down. The powerful anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric also make a tikka masala curry a good option in the heat. Cumin, which is the active ingredient in the spice, helps promote good circulation, helping to speed up your blood flow and cool your body down.
Mr O'Shaughnessy also named onions as a top pick, with the vegetable being used in Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional form of Indian medicine used to treat heatstroke which is more than 3,000 years old.
Other heatwave choices recommended by the nutritionist include mint, thanks to its cooling sensation, as well as spinach, which contains the vitamins and minerals needed to help keep your blood pressure under control and keep you cool.
Also a coconut milk, found in Thai green curry, has important nutrients to support hydration, prevent exhaustion and muscle aches in hot weather.
And of course we must not forget about the watermelon, which is high in water content, also contains citrulline, an amino acid which relaxes you and helps to dilate the blood vessels, meaning more blood can circulate around your body and cool you down.
The nutritionist also listed products that should be avoided in the heat. These include carbohydrate-rich foods, such as rice and wholegrains, and foods high in protein like chicken.
Mr. O'Shaughnessy said: 'It may be harder to digest a high protein food in a heat wave. Meat is quite hard to digest and the digestion process creates heat (thermogenesis) and can make you feel hotter in yourself.”