“Don’t put ice in your water!” Growing up, my mom always scolded about me for putting ice in my water glass. It would be a hot summer day, I would be thirsty and thought a big glass of ice water would do the trick to cool off. But for my mom believed that ice made your body heat up to melt the ice for be absorbed by the body. So in effect, ice would have the opposite effect I had in mind. She wasn’t a doctor, and neither am I, but in recent years, I started to read more about the heating and cooling properties food could have on my body. You can call it Chinese Traditional Medicine, Ayurveda, a holistic approach to better health, or whatever you want, but this field of study is something that has been around for thousands of years and yet to be fully proven by Western medicine.
So, this summer, if you are looking for foods to help cool you off, here are some ideas.
- Fruits such as apples, bananas, pineapples, watermelons and strawberries
- Vegetables such as cucumber, mushrooms, and green leafy vegetables
- Beans and legumes such as tofu, mung bean, barley and buckwheat
- Teas such as green tea, chrysanthemum tea and peppermint tea
Whether you think this is a bunch of baloney or not, a consistent takeaway I’ve read is to enjoy a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables to maintain a balanced and healthy mind and body. And that’s something I can get on board with.