It seems obvious that in the throws of summer, we naturally gravitate toward consuming something cold to eat or drink. Cucumbers are one of our favorites! They're so refreshing on their own, with hummus, on top of your salad for extra crunch, and even mixed with ice water to remind you of your spa days.
After traveling to places like Vietnam, Malta, and Mexico, we have often wondered how climate affects local foods and nutrition choices for year-round residents.
We have always trusted that nature knows best, so if food grows in a hot climate, there must be some innate quality that assists the body with surviving the elements.
And it's true - foods that grow in these hot regions will not only keep you cool but also protect your skin from sunburn and improve your hydration.
When searching for foods to combat the heat, it's helpful to know the properties that do the job first: Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Capsaicin, and of course, water.