Stay Cool This Summer!
by Light Family Acupuncture
July, 8th 2013
It’s summer! Hooray! Time to head outside and swim, hike, bike and maybe enjoy an ice-cream cone or two. If you live here in Austin, that sentence might go more like – it’s summer! Why do I live here again? If you need me I’ll be at Barton Springs, otherwise, I’m not setting foot outside until October. Even if you don’t live somewhere with 100+ temps, the summer months come with their own set of nutritional rules to help keep you cool and feeling your best. Here are three foods you can add to your diet and routine right now to keep you hydrated and cool all summer long!
A super easy way to add this super food into your diet is coconut water. Some people aren’t wild about the taste, if that’s you, you can use it as a base for smoothies or add a little bit of your favorite juice. Enjoy before or after sun exposure or working out for the best boost. ‘Just as coconut water is advised to keep cool, so is the use of coconut oil on the skin. “Coconut oil is light, thin, and cooling on the skin,” says Kripalu Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Larissa Hall Carlson. “It keeps the skin radiant, and it’s effective for sun worshippers.” ’ – Kripalu center for yoga and health
Luckily for most of us, we naturally go for watermelon in the summer. And with good reason, Watermelon combats common summer ailments like excisive thirst, low energy, headaches and dizziness. Watermelon is full of yummy juice, so it increases the amount of fluid in the body. It can be so helpful in boosting our hydration levels that TCM practitioners will often prescribe it for heatstroke. “Composed of 93 to 96 percent water, watermelon allows the body to generate fluids, maintains electrolyte balance and induces urination, which is a very efficient way of clearing heat from the body” – Timeout New York
This yummy summer staple is more than 90% water, making it a natural choice to help hydrate in the summer. Cucumbers also pack a nutritional punch, rich in vitamins, alkaloids and chlorophyll, and will also replenish electrolytes. Try an easy peasy cucumber water (just slice and toss in your fav mason jar tumbler filled with water) or try this delicious side dish: Toss together 4 thinly sliced cucumbers and 1 thinly sliced onion in a large bowl. Combine the 1 cup vinegar, ½ cup water and ¾ cup sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and pour over the cucumber and onions. Stir in a pinch or two of fresh dill to taste, cover, and refrigerate until cold. This can also be eaten at room temperature, but be sure to allow the cucumbers to marinate for at least 1 hour. (allrecipes.com)
In addition to adding these easy and yummy foods into your daily routine, make sure to drinks lots of water and get extra rest. To help boost the effects of these cooling foods, cut back on heavy proteins and spicy foods as well. Have a cool and safe summer and we’ll see you at the springs!