Too Hot To Think

Avocados

I don’t know about you, but this heat is hard to deal with. I remember in years past I would just turn on a fan and be fine. Not anymore! This is the hottest year since 1830, and it sure feels it.

Since it is so hot I wondered if there were any cool foods we should be eating. We all know Watermelon (Citrullis lanatus) as the summer fruit, we also know not to eat it before going to bed, or you will be up all night getting rid of the water it provides. But is there anything else that if we eat it, will help us to make it through these killer heat waves easier?

Accuweather predicts a day of record high temperatures –

The Patriot-News, July 6, 2010

Newark reaches 104 degrees, close to all-time record high temperature –

The Star Ledger, July 6, 2010

Holiday Heat Wave Bakes the East Coast –

CBS Evening News, July 7, 2010

Remember those headlines in the beginning of July? A heat wave is listed as being at least 90 degrees for three or more days! This past heat wave was a bad one, but it won’t be the last one we will have to deal with this year. So how do we survive it? Is there anything that can make it more comfortable to deal with it?

Staying hydrated is something that is vital, but drinking enough water is boring and may be problematic. There is a condition (known as water toxicity) that comes about due to excess water consumption. What happens is that in the brain there is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions due to the electrolytes being pushed out of balance. To keep the electrolytes balanced can be tricky, but consumption of Gator Aid (or other brands like it) is an easy out. If you would rather do it more naturally then maybe taking the potassium through food consumption would suit your better.

Fruit:

Avocado (Persea americana)- potassium 727 mg, water 110 g

Bananas (Musa sapienta, Musa nana) – potassium (806 mg), is 169 g (76%) water

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) – 1078 mg, water 155 g

Cherimoya (Annona cherimola) – 839 mg, water 248g

Dates (Phoenix dactylifera) – 964 mg, water 30.2g

Guava (Psidium guajava) – 688 mg, water 133g

Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis) – (granadilla) 821 mg, water 172 g

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) – 666 mg, water 220 g

Strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa) – potassium 233 mg, water 138 g (91.27%) water

               Watermelon (Citrullis lanatus)  – potassium (112mg), 141 g (92%) water

In traditional Chinese Medicine they recognize foods as having heating or cooling properties. To help in the process of keeping cool following this may help.

Cool (yin) Foods:

Bamboo shoot, banana, bitter gourd, grapefruit, lettuce, persimmon, seaweed, star fruit, sugar cane, water chestnut, watermelon, lotus root, cucumber, barley, bean curd, marjoram, pear, peppermint, radish, strawberry, tangerine, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, pineapple, turmeric.

To determine if a food is a cooling food, there are some general guidelines foods must meet to be considered cooling:

  • grow in little sunshine;
  • are salty;
  • are lean;
  • rich in potassium;
  • soft and wet;
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