5 tips for eating and drinking your way to keeping cool
- Drink water. You already know this one, but it’s the number one thing in your kitchen (besides climbing into your freezer) that can help keep you cool. If you’re going to be outside, drink water before you go outside, have water with you when you’re outside, and drink some more once you get in to cool off your body and ward off dehydration.
- If you find yourself engaging in an activity where you’re sweating a lot and for a long period of time, you might want an electrolyte replacing drink. While I’m not an advocate of sports-type drinks for every day use (particularly for kids’ sports), they do come in handy. Clif Bar makes something called the Clif Shot Electrolyte with 91 percent organic ingredients that may be a better alterative to Gatorade or Powerade.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Both can cause you dehydrate more quickly in the heat.
- Try a cup of herbal decaf tea in the morning instead of caffeinated coffee. If you do have to have your morning cup of caffeinated joe, drink a couple of glasses of water after.
- Reach for foods that can help keep you cool. Foods with a high water content like watermelon, grapes, raw cucumber, and Gazpacho cool down your body’s temperature and help keep you hydrated.
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