by Mandy Major
A big scoop of ice cream may sound appealing when you're battling summer's scorching temperatures, but-surprise!-it's only a fleeting fix that'll leave you hotter than before. Once your body starts digesting and storing those calories, your temperature will rise. However, there are eats out there that can actually help you beat the heat by triggering cool-off nerves, causing you to sweat, providing essential fluids and more. From juicy fruits that hydrate to spicy dishes that kickstart your body's natural cooling system, discover five foods that'll (almost) render your A/C optional.
MintCool Salmon & Couscous Salad with Snap Peas, Orange & Mint
By triggering the cold-sensitive nerves in your mouth, mint works wonders to cool you off-especially when it's eaten fresh, and it doubles as a digestive aid. Tucked into a chilled salmon salad with snap peas and orange, or paired with ribbons of cucumber and peanut-crusted chicken, it'll soothe your senses with each and every bite. Photo: Kate Sears/Woman's Day