10 Foods That Keep You Cool When It’s Hot Outside

by Sean Tan
FOOD  |  September 16, 2017
  • Watermelon
    1 / 10 Watermelon

    If your body is constantly sweating a lot due to the stifling heat, then this fruit can help replenish lost fluids. Containing up to 95 per cent water, it keeps you hydrated while vitamins A and C provide nourishment.

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  • Leafy greens
    2 / 10 Leafy greens

    Leafy vegetables not only contain water to help replenish the body’s fluids, but they are a great source of antioxidants and vitamins to help fend off sickness when temperatures soar. Plus they are easy on your digestive system so your body does not expend extra energy to digest them.

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  • Peppers
    3 / 10 Peppers

    Contrary to what many might think, eating spicy stuff can help your body cool down. As the heat goes through your body, you might start to sweat, but then this provides a cooling sensation which helps regulate your body temperature. If you are not a fan of spicy foods or chilli, try adding more peppers in your dishes.

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  • Cucumber
    4 / 10 Cucumber

    High in water content plus diuretic properties to help the body flush out toxins, the humble cucumber is also refreshing as it’s crunchy and goes great with salads and many dishes. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory properties which help the body deal with heat rashes; place slides over affected areas to soothe skin.

    (Also Read: 7 Best Foods For a Good Detox)

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  • Banana
    5 / 10 Banana

    The potassium in bananas aids digestion, and has a cooling effect on your body’s digestive system. Munch on one when the afternoon heat becomes unbearable, and have it with frozen yogurt on warm nights to cool down.

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  • Mint
    6 / 10 Mint

    Minty cool sensations from this herb cools your body’s inner system and refreshes your mind Add to your desserts or drinks to benefit from its cooling effects, or simply place the leaves in a jug of water, chill in the fridge and you can have a thirst-quenching, cooling drink anytime of the day.

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  • Radish
    7 / 10 Radish

    The crispy and tasty radish might not be that popular a veggie, but did you know it’s packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and also vitamin C, minerals and potassium to help the body regain a healthy balance? Plus it’s high content will keep you hydrated.

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  • Tea
    8 / 10 Tea

    Most varieties of tea contain antioxidants to help the body fend off diseases. For something extra calming to the senses, try chamomile or green tea. A cup at the end of the day brings back balance and helps cool down your body for bedtime.

    (Also Read: 11 Teas You Should Drink For Fat Loss)

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  • Yogurt
    9 / 10 Yogurt

    Yogurt helps your body system cool down almost instantly, plus it contains probiotics to keep your gut healthy and digestive system working well. Mix in a few fruits for a cooling snack during the evening as you wind down after a hot day.

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  • Water
    10 / 10 Water

    Water… and lots of it… is the best for cooling your body down and replenishing lost fluids. Be sure to bring a small bottle of water around with you everywhere you go, so you can take a swig every half an hour or hourly when you’re out in the hot sun.

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

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