Leave it to the August heat to make us crave soothing, cooling foods—nature’s gifts to the body in the high season. Besides just plain feeling overheated these days, other signs of heat and irritation, like digestive disturbances and heartburn, anxiety, headaches, and a rapid pulse, commonly arise in the body at this time of the year. In your skin, you may see extra inflammation, irritation and redness as a signal of excessive heat. If this sounds like you, cooling, soothing foods may be the best things to reach for to find relief. While spicy, hot, heavy dishes exacerbate heat, you can actually balance your body with foods that clear heat and toxins and soothe the digestive tract. These foods are especially known to balance the hot, yang season of summer with cool, yin qualities. Here are the soothing, cooling foods we’re eating now, for skin health and a body in balance:
Top soothing foods
You may want to look for these soothing ingredients to calm your body from the inside out, especially if you experience digestive irritation. These foods often contain mucilage or other soothing properties that calm your internal skin, which reflects in your outer skin as well!
- Licorice root
- Slippery elm
- Marshmallow root
- Coconut oil
Top cooling foods
Opt for these cooling foods to calm summer heat from your entire body, from the inside out. Wondering how you can easily spot a cooling food? These foods traditionally have a high water content, as well as a sweet or mild flavor.
- Leafy Greens
We want to hear from you!
What foods do you love to reach for to cool and soothe your body at the end of the summer season?
How do you balance yin and yang qualities in your skin and body?