Summer is no doubt the time to be outside having fun and being active: spending long days at the beach, walking around an amusement park or the zoo, or playing backyard games. The only downside to having too much summer fun is physical exhaustion and dehydration. The hot summer sun can zap energy and nutrients from the body, and, in some cases, it can be quite dangerous.
Heat exhaustion and heat stoke are serious and should be dealt with immediately. If you find that you or loved ones are nauseous, have a headache or are even the slightest bit dizzy, stop what you are doing and make an effort to escape the heat. If you don’t feel better after 30 minutes, it is suggested you contact your doctor to avoid heat stroke.
Yet even if you are far from heat stroke, the body is still seriously affected by heat and exertion. Lucky for us, there are foods that we can consume that will help our bodies recover, making us feel good and lively for the next awesome summer activity.
First and foremost, look for food high in water content to stave off dehydration. Foods high in potassium, electrolytes, and, in many cases, a little sugar and simple carbohydrates will also help jump start your system back to life.
One key thing that must be stated is that the recovery window post activity is short. Researchers agree that the body needs to be refueled 30–45 minutes post-exertion in order to gain the maximum benefits. So eat up and check out our list of seven of the best foods to beat the heat!
Rachael Pack is Cook Editor of The Daily Meal. Follow her on Instagram @rachael_pack