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Beat the Summer Heat with Cooling Foods - The Natural & Healthy Way

Updated on February 27, 2012

Beat the Summer Heat

Summer heat can be very exhausting and dehydrating but with these cooling foods, you don't need to sit under the air conditioner all day. Did you know that according to World Socialist Website, 39 people died across the US because of extreme heat waves? The elderly and young children are at a high risk of suffering from these abnormal temperatures. There is a way to cool your body from the inside out - by eating plenty of cooling foods that can help you beat the summer heat! Here is a list of cooling foods that will keep your body cool from the inside out. The best part is - it's natural, healthy and cheap!

Beat the Summer Heat with Cooling Foods
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Cooling Foods to Beat the Summer Heat


This wonderful water-filled vegetable is not only a great way to beat the scorching heat but it offers low calories so it's very healthy. It contains zero fat and no cholesterol. What's more when eaten with its peel, it is a good dietary fiber that helps prevent constipation and that in the long run, prevents extra buildup of heat in the body. So, use cucumbers and other leafy vegetables with high water content to make a fresh vegetable or fruit salad.


On that sizzling summer day, what's better than enjoying a refreshing energy drink made by blending sizeable watermelon cubes with fresh lime juice and popping in a few ice cubes?

A watermelon roughly contains 80-90% water making it a great thirst quencher. It also has a light taste of sweet sugar syrup that beats the neutral taste of natural water. Juicy and delicious water melons are a rich source of essential vitamins like vitamin A, B and C and anti-oxidants like lycopene. Eating a huge wedge of water melon sitting on your front porch is one of the best ways to enjoy the crunchy cooling fruit.

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Coconut water

Coconut water is basically the translucent juice found inside a coconut when cracked open. The sweet water is packed with sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes that make up this most refreshing natural drink. It replenishes and hydrates the body, keeping the body water levels balanced. It should be taken without any additional ingredients and immediately be used or stored in the refrigerator because it spoils easily. A simple way to enjoy this drink is by adding lime and mint leaves to iced coconut water.

Summer squash

What food screams summer more than summer squash? This creamy fleshy white food is a good source of anti-oxidants like carotenoids. It belongs to a family of plants that are related to watermelon and even cucumbers. Apart from having anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, summer squash has healthy nutrients that help regulate blood sugar in our bodies. You can prepare a healthy meal of this yummy food by steaming it, which helps to retain most of the nutrients contrary to boiling or cooking using a microwave. It is better to eat summer squash alone or 30 minutes before a meal to prevent bloating.


Once summer pops up, there's a lemonade stand in every street you turn. Gulping down a chilled glass of good old lemonade is simply bliss on a hot sticky day. It has high water content and is rich in Vitamin C since it is made out of lemon.

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Yogurt Smoothies

Yoghurt is a very important summer food as it cools you from the inside. Yogurt also aids in stomach digestive problems and it is easier to digest than milk. Since it is got from milk, yogurt has got calcium, important for skeletal health and bone-building. Make a power-boosting and energizing drink from yogurt. You can choose from simple homemade apricot smoothie blended in yogurt with a tangy taste to a frothy tasty mango lassi. However you take it, yogurt is a great way to stay cool in summer.

Citrus fruits

Apples, lime, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, pears among others have high water content and are rich in Vitamin C. Citrus fruits also aid in digestion and help in the breakdown of fatty foods, thereby keeping you in shape. By releasing heat from the body, they regulate the body's hydration levels. Toss a handful of citrus fruits in your fruit salad and enjoy a healthy and fruity desert that will keep you cool in the summer.

Spicy pickles

Thinking of spicy hot foods and boiling hot summer in one sentence can make anyone go crazy. But spicy foods actually cool the body by increasing circulation of blood and also by inducing sweating which releases the excessive heat from our bodies. Adding spices like hot chili pepper, capsicum or ginger helps to rapidly raise your body temperature then lower it which lowers your internal body temperature. Try different chilly foods ranging from Indian curries, sizzling Mexican summer salad to Thai soups.

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Green Tea

For tea lovers out there, it's a relief there's something called iced green tea which you can enjoy in summer. The light green drink originated from China and can simply be made by boiling green tea leaves in distilled water. Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and had anti-aging properties that keep your skin smooth from any wrinkles. Sunburns can be healed by taking green tea. Because of its slightly bitter taste, green tea maybe unpleasant but you can add a little zest by brewing it with mint leaves for a refreshing taste and serve over ice.

Cooling Foods - What about Ice Cream?

Surprisingly, ice cream and ice cold beverages like beer are not on the list because they intervene with digestion and sweating. Of course they can give you temporary relief but in the long run affect your body's natural cooling system.

Armed with these cooling foods, you can beat the summer heat and you can keep cool and healthy starting from the inside.


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      Saif 4 years ago

      Its Sad that u are not aware that Yogurt is hot for your body.. but when it becomes a thinner form as in lassi.. it becomes cold.. But yougurt itself is hot !!

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      Hamza Arshad 4 years ago from Pakistan

      yummmmmy list and option provided by favorite is coconut water :)

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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Hey Rehana, great hub and great pictures!

      The pictures alone looking refreshing enough to beat the heat. Well chosen :)

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      I heard that ice cream in fact gives you heat inside your body instead of cool it, but I never bothered to find out why. Maybe it's the calories?

      Thanks for your wonderful info. It's summer in here and it's really a good time to make smoothies. Up and useful. :)

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      ratnaveera 4 years ago from Cumbum

      Thanks for adding a good list of natural food things that can help to beat summer heat. Indeed many thousands of people living in tropical countries are being seriously suffering many diseases due to body heat in summer days. I agree with your point that only natural things can really help to overcome summer heat, Great Hub! I will bookmark this, Voted Up!

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      Archa 4 years ago from India

      Thank you for sharing these cooling tips in summer. Really need something this summer to keep one cool.

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      LucyLiu12 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Awesome ideas - goes great with my article on Surviving the Heat

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      Viczter 5 years ago


      In Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, it is common to see the broth made from boiling barley, as a cool/thirst quencher. Most often it is mixed with a bit of sugar & pandan leaves or lemon, to improve taste, very effective cooler...Another variety of the melon is the Winter-melon, whichc does not taste as good as the watermelon but is far more cooling to the body..Mix winter melon and barley broth, ice and some honey/suger...supercooler

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      Rehana Stormme 6 years ago

      @ Dale Hyde - Hello and thanks for reading! Your comments are very uplifting and encouraging. I'm glad you found the article insightful and informative. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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      Rehana Stormme 6 years ago

      @ Prasetio30 - Thank you very much for reading and commenting! I'm glad this article was informativeand that you learned many things about these natural foods from here. Many thanks for dropping by!

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      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Wonderfully done hub...insightful and most informative. :) Love it and voted up. :)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was a great hub from you. Thanks for share with us and I learn many things about all these natural foods and all the benefits for our health. Well done and rated up!


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      Rehana Stormme 6 years ago

      Hi Coolmon2009! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, I really appreciate it! I just followed you on Twitter, hope you follow me back as well :) I'm very happy to hear that you'll be posting this link on Facebook - that's very nice of you. Hope to see you again!

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice article and useful information, I will post this link on my facebook profile.

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      Rehana Stormme 6 years ago

      Hahaha, hi Trsmd, nice to see you again! :) Some people like to plan WAY ahead, so it doesn't hurt to read a summer hub in winter ;) Hope it will bring in great traffic by the time summer hits! Thanks for dropping by!

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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      Rehang Stormme - you have published this page..four months in advance... Still we are in winter and another four months there for summer...anyhow nice page useful in summer..