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With high temperatures, it is very important to refresh ourselves and maintain correct body hydration. It is common for us to focus on cold foods. But is it really the best option?

 

The importance of hydration

Good hydration is key to contribute to skin well-being and the proper functioning of the entire body. Especially in summer, we sweat making it easier for us to lose fluids. If we do not hydrate, the circulation of the blood will be difficult and this will influence the general functioning of the body.

 

Sweating is good for lowering body temperature, but don't wait until you become dehydrated or thirsty to drink water or give your body the necessary hydration. In fact, there are many foods that you can consume throughout the day to maintain good hydration (seasonal fruits and vegetables, juices, teas or infusions, etc.) and alternate with water.

 

Hot or cold food in hot weather?

Leaning on very cold food and drinks in summer is usual. But surprisingly, and contrary to what we think, the colder the one we eat, the more heat we will have. Yes, you read it right! Drinking, for example, a glass of very cold water will not refresh you or quench your thirst, although apparently it may seem. It will only reduce the temperature of the stomach and, as a consequence, the body will have to generate extra energy to warm it up and balance the body temperature (36º-37º), thus making us more heated.

 

Knowing this, we can think that a hot drink in summer would be ideal, but ... who wants to come back from the beach and have to have a glass of hot water, right? The point is not to make a sharp contrast in temperature between your body and what you eat. In this way, when you are hot, consume food and drinks at room temperature, it will be the best way to quench your thirst, hydrate yourself and achieve well-being in a warm environment. This means that you cannot drink anything cold, of course! But remember, the colder it is, the more the body will work to compensate for the temperature and the warmer you will be.

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