Heat can help your health in many ways, but sometimes a little sizzle isn't always the solution. Find out which foods, beverages and treatments are better for you when hot, or not.
Drinking Tea: NOT
Tea is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants, and helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation. But by drinking it hot, you may not be absorbing all the beneficial ingredients. Chilling your tea agitates it and releases more antioxidants into the water. Make sure to brew your own tea, because the bottled versions may be high in sugar.
Treating Chapped Lips: HOT
Applying ice or cold water on chapped lips may sound soothing, but it actually aggravates the sensitive skin and makes cracked lips worse. To treat chapped lips, apply a warm compress before using lip balm. It heats up the pores in the skin, allowing moisturizers to penetrate deeper.
• Make your chapped lips soft and kissable!
Reducing a Fever: NOT
If you have a fever and chills, avoid turning up the thermostat and piling on the blankets. "You could actually overheat your body," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "Your body is basically trying to get rid of heat, so you want to do things to your body to help that happen."
• Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
• Keep the room at a mild or cool temperature
• Apply a cool compress to the forehead or neck
• Take a lukewarm bath
• Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease aches
Eating Potatoes: NOT
Potatoes are a carbohydrate and full of starch, but when cooled, the amount of resistant starch, which does not get digested, increases, making them less like a white carbohydrate and more like a whole grain. This will benefit your waistline and your health! But don't start mixing your cooled potato with mayonnaise and sour cream. Opt for heart-healthy olive oil, vinegar and rosemary instead, or try The Doctors' Healthy Potato Salad.
3 red potatoes
3 tablespoons of vinegar
1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 bunch of scallions, sliced
1/2 cup of parsley, chopped
1/3 cup of onions, diced
• Prick potatoes with a fork and microwave on high until tender (about seven minutes), and turn halfway through cooking
• Let them cool
• Peel potatoes and cut into large pieces
• In large bowl, whisk vinegar and oil
• Add potatoes, scallions, parsley and onions and toss to coat
• Season with pepper to taste