As the temperature begins to sizzle with the latest heat wave rolling through the East Coast, consider alternative routes to keeping yourself cool from the inside out. What you eat and drink absolutely affects your body’s ability to adjust to fluctuations in the temperature. The problem that most people experience in the summer months comes from the fact that they are plunging themselves into ice cold air conditioned spaces for significant periods of time and then finding the hot outside to be completely unbearable.
What to do? Check out cooling foods and beverages that naturally lower your body’s core temperature. One such awesome food is the cooling cucumber. It’s loaded with water (which is why it’s so cooling) and just so happens to flavor water ever so slightly that you’ll find yourself coming back for seconds and thirds. Seriously. This will happen.
Case in point – During a BBQ my neighbor held at her home (which is not air conditioned in the least) for Memorial Day, I whipped up a jug of cooling cucumber water and kept having to go refill the entire container every 15 minutes! The neat thing about cucumber water is that you can just leave the cucumber slices or chunks in the container and refill. They nicely do their magic over and over again as you need to refill. And when you’re done, just eat the cucumber and wash the glass!
So as we move through heat wave #2 (according to the weatherman here in Philly), give cucumber water a go. It’s so ridiculously easy and a nice way to lightly add flavor to your water, plus it’s great for cooling yourself from the inside out.
- Cucumber, skinned and sliced in quarters or rounds or chunks (whatever you want actually)
- A few ice cubes (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a glass or container and enjoy! Ice is only necessary if water isn’t cool or to keep it cool as it sits out on a hot day. However, do not use so much ice that the water becomes ice cold. It should just be a nice, cool, refreshing temperature!