While the science on foods that will definitely lower your body temperature is shady — or to put it like The New York Times, non-existent — it makes sense that super-hydrating foods will help when the mercury is high, and these three examples are all healthy, tasty and seasonal.
Plus, we can guarantee you will, at the very least, look cooler eating them. But if you want to increase their power to lower your core temperature, chase them down with a glass of cool (or hot) water.
Watermelon is over 90 per cent water, so if you love eating but are always forgetting to hydrate, this should be your go-to summer snack. Bonus: It’s chock-full of lycopene, which is known to reduced cancer rates, and choline, which minimizes body inflammation. It’s also a prime source of citrulline, otherwise known as nature’s Viagra. That alone is a good reason to keep watermelon on your night stand or kitchen counter.
Indian, Thai, Mexican — if you’ve ever wondered why your favourite spicy cuisines all come from hot countries, Cornell University professor Paul Sherman believes he has the answer.
Hot spices can kill the food-borne pathogens that proliferate in warm climates, he says, meaning people who choose spicy before bland are less likely to suffer diarrhea and an upset stomach.
“Humans do what makes them feel good, and they learn from each other,” Sherman told National Geographic. Not only that, but spicy foods can also trigger what food scientist Luke LaBorde calls “gustatory facial sweating” (euphemistically known as a “summer glow” but more honestly referred to as “food sweats”).
It might make you feel hot at first, but once that sweat starts evaporating, it will actually cool you down. Sexy, right?
Summer salads make sense, especially when they’re filled with a variety of vegetables. For maximum hydration, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, radish, celery, tomatoes and spinach contain the highest proportions of water (even more than watermelon), but every fresh fruit or vegetable has hydrating properties, so eat the ones you like.
Of course, eating hydrating foods isn’t the only trick you can employ in your quest for cool, although it is the most delicious one.