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Whether you’re loving or loathing the relentless Southern Hemisphere-style heat this summer, your body definitely needs a little extra care and attention. Daily life requires more effort on hot days, from the cellular level on up.

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian wellness system, teaches that we need to balance our intake of hot and cold to maintain health and harmony.

When the weather is hotter, we should eat more cooling foods. Here’s what you should be tucking into, according to Indian website NDTV.

watermelon

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Summer fruits

Watermelon, kiwi, strawberries and apricots all help cool the body. They are also great sources of hydration, electrolytes and vitamins, so stock up at your local farmers’ market.

Vegetables

Another great source of water and nutrients are vegetables. Ayurveda recommends mushrooms, tomato, asparagus, lettuce and aubergine as excellent cooling options.

Soy

Not just cooling, but an excellent source of protein. All soy products are supposed to be beneficial, including tofu and milk.

What are your favourite cooling summer foods? Share in the comments!