We thought we would keep it topical today, so as the weather is distinctly tropical even here in the north of England we are looking at what we should eat and drink to stay cool in the blistering heat.
Staying Hydrated In Hot Weather
It is vitally important, especially for the elderly or anyone who is suffering from a medical condition, to stay hydrated in hot weather, and this means not waiting until you feel thirsty and then drinking, but being proactive and topping up your fluids as soon and as often as you can. A good indicator is the colour of your urine, if it is not clear but more yellow then it is likely that you are becoming dehydrated and need to take action.
Coconut Water, Tea & Coffee
So what to drink? Obviously water is as good as anything you can drink, and coconut water is particularly good for re-hydration as it is heavy in electrolytes which can become depleted in hot weather or after you have been exercising.
Also low fat milks and tea and coffee can help to replenish any fluids you have lost, drinking green tea is an excellent and delicious way of re-hydrating. As you are probably already aware one thing to stay clear of is alcohol. Alcohol decreases the bodys production of anti-diuretic hormones which are used by the body to reabsorb water. So the more alcohol you drink the more dehydrated you can become, leading to headaches, light-headedness and in some cases sickness. We hate to be a killjoy but it is certainly advisable to keep your alcohol consumption low in severely hot and humid weather.
Foods With High Water Content
As for foods choose items that have a high water content such as melons, strawberries, lettuce, celery, cucumbers and courgettes. And try to steer clear of high carb foods which your digestive system has to work hard to digest, as this will produce more body heat than is good for you in hot weather.
Hot and spicy food can also help to cool your body temperature down, which is one reason why in hot countries such as India and Thailand for instance they love their spicy food. So if you like a hot curry then I would go for it washed down with plenty fluids!
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