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Staying Cool in Summer

It’s been very hot here in the Pacific Northwest this week, as in many places around the country, so we thought we’d share some tips with you for staying cool in Summer.

Food That Cools The Body
These foods help to keep your body cool during hot weather:

Spicy food and alcohol will make your body hotter.

  • Watermelon
  • Celery
  • Yogurt
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Salad greens
  • Fish

Barley Tea: A Unique Way To Stay Cool
In Japan when temperatures get hot, and they do get hot, people there customarily drink barley tea.  And that’s what we do here at BIOM. We prepare it in two different ways:

Pero. This ‘coffee-substitute’ - sold in most health food stores - is a blend of barley and chicory (mostly barley). We boil water and add a heaping teaspoon of Pero. You can either drink it hot, or let it cool or make iced-tea. The temperature doesn’t matter, it’s the properties of the barley itself that cools you down.

Barley teabags. Mostly found in grocery stores that carry Asian products. You can boil water and let the tea steep to the temperature you want. Though if you want to drink it at room temperature, just drop a tea bag into room temperature water and let it steep. In a few minutes you’ll have a refreshing, cooling beverage.

What To Avoid
Spicy food and alcohol will make your body hotter. So before eating spicy food or drinking alcohol, think about how you want to feel for an hour or two — or longer — after you’ve enjoyed it.

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