Trying to beat the heat this summer? The secret to staying cool lies in what you eat. Balancing your inner fire is crucial to maintaining temperature regulation, which can help you both physically and emotionally.
The three types of foods you should focus on to keep your inner temperature regulated are sweet, bitter and astringent foods. Wet foods are also better than dry foods when trying to maintain a lower internal temperature.
Besides tasting delicious, sweet foods encourage moisture in the body which in turn “quells the fire.” However, it is important to note that this does not mean eat processed sugars or add sweeteners to everything you eat. It simply means you should consume more naturally sweet foods such as:
- Fully ripened fruits: grapes, pineapple, plums, watermelon, melons, cherries, pears and mangoes
Foods with bitter qualities have drying properties, which help cool us through cloying sweat and dampness from accumulated moisture. Some of these foods include:
- Green Beans
- Leafy vegetables: collard, dandelion, kale
Preventative in nature, astringent foods are like bitter foods, but they go even deeper – they help to stop the overacting heating of your body, rather than just quelling any heat. Astringent foods are:
- Legumes: kidney beans, mung beans, peas, adzuki, chick peas, and lentils
It is important to note there are foods that increase your body’s internal temperature. Stay away from salt, pepper, vinegar and garlic as much as possible to maintain a regulated inner fire!