A Blast of Hydration: The Cooling Power of Foods
Are you ready to kick-start your body’s internal cooling system while enjoying some tasty and nostalgic summertime treats? Summer is officially here and it’s time to invite your inner child to come out to play. It might also be time think about what we can do to support your body’s natural ability to keep itself cool. Why not get things started with a watermelon seed spitting contest?!
The scoop on summer heat and your body
As Mother Nature turns the temperature up up up, you may be finding that your energy levels are going down down down. You might also feel like you’re constantly thirsty. Suddenly your body is working on overdrive to keep itself cool, leaving you with little energy to do anything else. So, as you make plans to play this summer, it might be a good idea to add in some simple and naturally cooling foods into your diet that can give your body some much needed support.
Your body is a fine tuned machine with an amazing cooling system. As the summer heat rises, your body starts to send more and more blood to your skin, which kick-starts your internal cooling system. Your skin then sends messages to your brain that triggers sweating.
The result? Your body is working hard to keep itself cool! Your skin is pulling blood away from your muscles, which often causes lethargy and you’re also sweating, which is using up a lot of water . . .
Give your body some support by hydrating with water-rich foods
Though it may be tempting to reach for that iced coffee or ice cream cone, your body will probably be much happier if you take a moment to re-consider. Caffeine in ice-coffee will likely exacerbate dehydration and ice cream and other dairy products may cause congestion, which will also hinder your body’s cooling systems. Your food choices are a major player in your body’s ability to stay cool.
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
A tall glass of ice water is always a good idea but let’s go a step beyond this and treat your body’s natural systems to some naturally cooling foods. Now is a great time to maximize your intake of foods that contain high levels of water. This will hydrate every cell in your body and support your body with keeping itself cool.
Try focusing meals and snacks on fresh and raw vegetables and fruits with a high water content such as watermelon, cucumbers, leafy greens, apples, pears etc. Supporting your body with these fresh and raw foods will not only give your internal cooling system a boost and keep you hydrated, they’ll also help send your energy soaring for summer!
Get Wild for Watermelon!
Watermelon is one of my personal summertime favorites. This pretty pink melon always greets me with a beautiful blast of summertime nostalgia. Watermelon is also an excellent cooling food choice that is 92% water, low in calories and loaded with nutrition. In a slice of watermelon you’ll find vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, as well as small amounts of iron, calcium, fiber and even protein!
Four simple ways to eat watermelon
- Slice and serve.
- Add watermelon to salads (get creative!)
- Make a watermelon smoothie! (try blending watermelon, lime juice and ice)
- You can also freeze watermelon into popsicles or cubes and use them in drinks.
Summertime is a great time to start listening to your unique body and boost your energy so that you can do all the things that you love. Be to sure to check out this FREE guide to start listening to your unique body. Let’s send your energy soaring for the summer!
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