One of our cooling tips advised you to eat more cooling foods to help combat the dry, hot temperatures we’re currently experiencing. But how do these foods work to help keep you cool? According to the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, cooling food work by clearing heat and toxins from the body, cooling and calming the blood and nourishing the yin, which is associated with earth, dark, and cold.
Here are some examples of cooling foods you should eat more of in the summer:
- Apple – In addition to keeping you cool, apples also fill you up.
- Avocado – Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, said to nourish the yin in the blood. About 80 percent of its caloric content is easily digested.
- Berries – Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries are all very alkaline, “yin” fruits.
- Banana – Ripe bananas are sweet and cold in nature. They are able to clear intestinal “heat,” adding moisture and eliminating toxins.
- Citrus fruits – Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are high in water content, so they are among the most cooling of fruits.
- Coconut – Nothing like a nice, cold jelly to “wash off your heart,” as many Jamaicans love to say.
- Cucumber – Cucumbers are about 96 per cent water and contain a diuretic property that helps to flush toxins out of the body and maintain healthy tissue and skin.
- Leafy greens – Greens such as kale, collards, callaloo, broccoli, cabbage and lettuce are composed of 80 to 95 per cent water, which makes them very easy to digest, giving a cooling sensation in the body.
- Watermelon – Watermelon is made up of 90 percent water, which assists in keeping you well-hydrated in the heat. In addition, watermelon contains loads of vitamins A and C, has no fat and is packed with lycopene, an antioxidant which may aid in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Other great options include grapes, pears, star fruit (carambola), tomatoes, pineapple and sugar cane.