11 Genius Food Hacks to Stay Cool This Summer

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Heat waves been freaking you out? Because same. Loads of sunshine, soaring temps and record-breaking heat mean it’s more important than ever to stay cool for the summer. And, turns out, what you eat can not only help hydrate you but bring your body temp down as well.

From consuming hot soup (for real) to adding chia seeds to your smoothie and cooling spices to meals, we’ve sourced the best, most genius food hacks—straight from the mouths of experts—to help you have your most refreshing, coolest-summer-ever. Enjoy!

Serena’s Tip: Indulge in some (vegan) ice cream

Make your own vegan version at home for a healthier spin on this super cooling and delicious summer treat. “When you consume something that’s colder than your body temperature, like ice cream, your body has to use energy to warm the ice cream up to body temperature, which in turn can create a cooling effect,” explains Celebrity chef and Certified Nutritionist Serena Poon, CN, CHC, CHN. This is a process known as diet-induced thermogenesis. “Additionally, the sensory perception of the creamy and refreshing taste of ice cream can often lead to a psychological perception of cooling down,” she adds.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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