PHOENIX - Phoenix started getting ready for summer as the city kicked off its heat relief effort this week, but did you know that there are some foods that will help keep you cool?
Businesses in the Valley have been asked to donate water that will be given to the homeless and the community. It's a good reminder to stay hydrated, but one local doctor says food also has an impact on how good you feel on hot days.
Dr. Wayne Kohan, a dietician and nutritionist in Phoenix, tells me certain foods will leave you feeling sluggish. He suggests limiting heavy meals, like burgers and hot dogs.
Hanna Gugliuzza, who was shopping at Pro's Ranch Market in Phoenix, says triple digit heat makes her tired.
"It just hits me that I'm exhausted," she said. "I don't think I've been drinking enough water."
Kohan explains how food has an impact on your body.
"Your body's thermostat is being tested, basically. If you eat foods and stuff that keep the body in more balance, you're going to feel better," Dr. Kohan said.
Fruits and vegetables with high water content are best. They include:
Kohan also suggests bananas.
"Even though it's not high in water content, it's high in potassium which will cause you to sweat," he explained.
It may seem counterintuitive, but chili peppers and jalapenos are actually good for you when it's hot, Kohan said. Spicy foods cause your body to sweat which ultimately helps you cool off.
On the flip side, ice cream may not be the best idea.
"It's high in sugar content. Even though it's cold (and tastes good), about a half hour after you eat it, you're going to find you feel very thirsty and you're going to feel very sluggish," Kohan said.
So before you choose your next meal, you may want to think "hot" to stay cool.
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