Summer can be brutally hot! When it’s humid and there’s more water in the air than usual, the body has a harder time cooling itself down.
If the body over-heats, it can even be dangerous (always call your doctor or even 911 if you suspect heat stroke). Symptoms may include headache, nausea, high blood pressure, fatigue and fainting. At the very least, it can be uncomfortable.
The good news is that there are simple preventative things you can do to beat the heat!
One of the most important things you can do is cool your body from the inside-out by staying hydrated. Drinking water is a no-brainer, but did you know that there is a lot of hydrating (read: cooling) power in fruits and vegetables? Produce, like our bodies, are primarily made up of water.
In her infinite wisdom, Mother Nature provides lush fruit and crisp vegetables in the summer, which taste great and also help our bodies cool down. Here are some of my favorite seasonal (and cooling) fruits and veggies. They can all be enjoyed after a quick rinse and minimal prep.
Plus, for simple no-cook meals, try making fruit smoothies for breakfast or a snack; or toss together a big salad with your favorite vegetables.
Sugar Snap Peas
The flip side to this recommendation is to avoid salty foods, caffeine, sugary drinks or alcohol; or at least balance intake of these foods and drinks with plenty of water and fresh produce.
In addition to staying hydrated, here are some quick tips to staying cool.
- Use an air conditioner at home, and/or spend time in air-conditioned spaces such as libraries, movie theaters, shops and cafes
- Stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen
- Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing
- Try to be active in the early morning and evening, rather than during the hotter times of the day
For more food tips (all with great savings!), check out my Healthy Living for Less section.