Just as you change your wardrobe for summer, your diet should get a bit of a makeover as well. As the dog days of summer are upon us, you need to fuel your body with foods that help maintain energy levels despite the hot temperatures.
The summer heat affects your body in numerous ways, from sunburns to swelling to heat exhaustion — the summer can mentally and physically drain you. To attempt to fight the heat you can consume foods that keep you cool and are packed full of nutrition. These foods have a range of benefits, from helping your skin repair to detoxing your system.
The best choices for summer are prescribed all year long — eat plenty of fruit, never skip vegetables, and eat lean protein, but TDM has narrowed down these suggestions to the foods that are most beneficial to help you compete with the blazing summer sun.
Ellandrea Mckissack is a Junior Writer at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EllandreaM. This story was originally published on July 9, 2012.