Beat The Heat: 5 Tips To Staying Cool In Sunny Weather

A handy guide on what to eat and drink to combat the sweltering heat.
If there’s one thing you can always depend on in Singapore, it’s waking up to yet another day marked by heat and humidity. Whether it’s finding respite on a blazing hot afternoon, or navigating the muggy warmth after a rainy day, finding — and keeping — your cool takes skill.

Here, we speak to experts to put together five tips on eating and drinking well to beat the heat.

Cooling down options  

It’s so easy – and tempting – to reach for an icy cold can of soft drink or beer when the weather gets too much to bear. But the better option might be to settle for a beverage at room temperature instead. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices, drinking warm water increases blood circulation along with protecting internal organs from damage. It is also better to qing huo (relieve internal body temperature), keeping one cool from within.

Note, however, that the Western approach believes taking cold drinks during summer can help you cool off quickly, as cold water gets absorbed quicker by the body compared to warm or hot water. 
Tuck into these fruits

Juicy red watermelons and citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are packed with vitamins and high water content, making them the perfect snack for a mid-afternoon perk me up. To keep things fun, infuse lemon and herbs such as rosemary into a bottle of sparkling water for a refreshing drink.
Opt for a simple meal like congee instead of rich food.
Opt for a simple meal like congee instead of rich food.
Take lighter meals

A sluggish palate is a tell-tale sign that your body is feeling the effects of heat. On hot days, opt for lighter options such as congee with steamed fish, or soupy dishes. Make small chilled salads of sweetcorn, lotus roots and edamame as side dishes.
Cut down on coffee and booze

Both coffee and alcohol act as diuretics that do not contribute to our recommended daily fluid intake. If you must drink, be sure to chase every two cocktails down with a glass of water to stay hydrated.
Sweet cup of tea

Caffeine might be off the table, but try this for a cooling alternative: infuse chrysanthemum flowers to make a soothing tea, and add ingredients such as winter melon or grass jelly into the homemade tisane for a touch of sweetness. Bonus: both have natural cooling and detoxifying properties. 
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