Beat the Heat with These Cooling Foods

Mint Tea
While any icy beverage will help you handle the heat, the compounds in mint add an extra layer of chill factor. In fact, a 2010 New Zealand study found that cyclists who sipped mint-flavored water during their workout felt less fatigued and had improved performance over those who hydrated with plain water. It’s likely that the cooling sensation helped boost their energy. Score! To take advantage of this soothing herbal effect, brew up a big pitcher of iced mint or peppermint tea. Or, simply add a few crushed or torn mint leaves to your water bottle and keep it handy for a refreshing break any time of day (the mint will keep releasing flavor every time you refill).