Scorching temperatures have hit the UK so staying hydrated and eating sensibly for the heat has never been more crucial. We've got ten foods to help you beat the heatwave, whether it's for their high water content, cancer preventing qualities or refreshing, cooling effects.
Tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene, known as a potent cancer preventer. Red tomatoes are 94 per cent water while the green variety is about 93 per cent H20.
Dark leafy greens are composed of 80 – 95 per cent water, which makes them very easy to digest. They go through the digestive system quickly, giving a cooling sensation in the body.
Leafy greens are majority water which makes them easy to digest
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries are all very alkaline, yin fruits. They generate a cold energy in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Coconut water is not only delicious and full of health benefits, but also has a wealth of cooling properties.
Cool melon quenches even the most intense thirst and the fruit is abundant throughout the summer months. A simple slice offers a superb, refreshing experience. Melon is low in calories and high in water content (95 per cent), making it an extremely cooling bite to eat.
Melons have a high water content which helps to keep you hydrated in the hot weather
Although it is not true that celery is a zero-calorie food, this veggie is a whopping 95 per cent water. A cup of chopped celery has only 16 calories.
Although this may be the last thing you fancy in hot weather, curries and chillies can stimulate heat receptors in the mouth, enhance circulation and cause sweating, which cools the body down.
Spicy peppers stimulate heat receptors in the mouth which cools the body down
Practitioners say chrysanthemum is a cooling herb which clears the head.
Love it or hate it, brocolli is great for you. It's known as a smart carb and is high in fibre which aids digestion, maintains low blood sugar and prevents constipation. This cruciferous veggie appears dense, but it is actually 91 per cent water.
It might seem obvious, but water really is your best friend when the temperature rises, so do make sure to drink lots of it to make up for fluids lost through extra perspiration.