DITCH the ice-cream, as experts have revealed you should be eating foods like soup and chilli to cool down in the heat.
As Britain experiences one of the hottest summers on record, nutritionist Daniel O’Shaughnessy has compiled a list of the best foods to eat – and avoid – in order to feel cooler.
Despite traditionally being considered a winter dish, having a bowl of soup in the evening can actually help regulate your body temperature.
The food expert, who has been working with takeaway firm Just Eat, said: “It will make you perspire more, but as the sweat evaporates, the energy is absorbed into the air, therefore cooling the body.”
And tucking into watermelon, turmeric and reducing the carbohydrates and protein in your diet are all sure-fire ways to beat the heat.
He also believes a spicy chilli is an excellent choice, as the capsaicin found in the food sends a signal to your brain that your body is overheated and you will then sweat more to cool your body down.
Takeaway tikka masala curry is also a good option in hot weather due to the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric.
Curcumin, which is the active ingredient in the spice, helps promote good circulation, helping to speed up your blood flow and cool your body down.
O’Shaughnessy also named onions — found in the likes of burritos and curries — as a top pick.
The vegetable is used in Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional form of Indian medicine which is more than 3,000 years old, to treat heat stroke.
Other hot weather choices recommended by O’Shaughnessy include mint, thanks to its cooling sensation, and spinach, which contains minerals needed to help keep your blood pressure under control.
He also added that coconut milk, found in dishes like a Thai green curry, holds important nutrients to support hydration and prevent exhaustion in hot weather.
And watermelon, which is high in water content, contains citrulline — an amino acid which helps to dilate the blood vessels — meaning more blood can circulate around your body and cool you down.
But there are some foods to avoid, with O’Shaughnessy advising Brits to cut down on carbohydrate-rich foods, such as rice and wholegrains, and foods high in protein like meat.
He 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.
“Opting for plant-based dishes can be a good choice as less energy is needed to break vegetarian dishes down compared to meat”.
10 food hacks to cool you down
- Eat spinach
- Have a bowl of soup
- Opt for dishes with chilli
- Eat watermelon
- Up your turmeric intake
- Reduce your carbohydrates
- Cut down on meat
- Eat onions
- Consume dishes and drinks which contain mint
- Look out for dishes made with coconut milk
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