It is that time of the year where we often wake up in the middle of the night soaking in our own sweat. That time where that 5 minute walk from the car park to the office will leave your hair so hot it was as if you’ve just blown dry it. This is the time of the year where all we wish for is the rain to come and wash away the heat. While your AC is working overtime to keep you cool.
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated during the time of extreme heat by avoiding drinks such as coffee or any form of cold drinks. Water is your best friend now but there is only so much water you can drink. So we’ve decided to compile a short list of food that you should eat to stay cool during the current heat wave.
Fruits that are made up of high percentage of water are highly recommended for consumption during a heat wave. Melons are considered the perfect summer food for its 95 per cent water content. This makes the fruit the perfect fare too keep you hydrated. Of course there are other benefits of consuming large amounts of melons as well. Melons contain lycopene, a chemical that would also help with protecting you from the sun. So stock up on the sweetest watermelon you can find in the market!
Contrary to popular beliefs, spicy food is actually perfect to help you stay cool in the hot weather. A professor of food science at Penn State University states that spicy food causes “gustatory facial sweating”. In other words, spicy food raises your internal body temperature so your temperature matches the outside heat. This in turn helps induced sweating that will help cool you down. So what are you waiting for? Book yourself in for a huge filling mala soup hot pot session!
With the heat comes the scorching sun. So it is important to pack on food that helps naturally create to combat the sun’s unhealthy nutrients. Vitamin-C in strawberries and kiwis are rich with vitamin-c that acts as a natural sunblock so you wouldn’t get burned while making that quick run between the office and the car park!
Especially lettuce! Vitamin-A in all kinds of leafy greens will help protect you from harmful UV radiation, and limit dryness and irritation in your skin. If you’re thinking of starting your clean eating diet, this is the perfect time! Experts advice against eating meats as protein is hard for your body to break down and thought to generate more body heat and reducing hydration in your body.
Bonus for the hot nights (nothing sexy about this)
A recent research has discovered that egg whites are rich with amino acid and typtophan. These compounds are the perfect combination to help you sleep better. Eggs will help your body to shut down for the night and send you into a dreamy slumber for longer. That way you wouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night due to the heat and find it hard to fall back asleep!