Keeping your body cool in high temperatures requires more than just icy drinks and frozen treats.
Here are a few clever ways to beat the heat over summer that are also healthy and delicious.
Pick water-based foods
Accredited practicing dietitian Kate Save, who is chief executive and co-founder of Be Fit Food, says the key to cooling the body from the inside out is to keep hydrated.
"Seasonal plant-based foods such as fresh vegetables, salads and fruits are the most hydrating given their extremely high-water content," she says.
Some - such as lettuce, cucumber, watermelon and strawberries - contain up to 90 per cent water, and have high mineral content, which helps with long-term hydration, Save says.
When it comes to staying hydrated through liquids, water does a pretty good job of quickly cooling the body. However, one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2016 also found that milk helps keep you hydrated for longer as it contains the sugar lactose, protein, fat and sodium, all of which help to slow down the emptying of fluid in the body.
"As for water, intake should increase to at least two litres per day as trying to keep cool from solid food might leave you feeling extremely full and bloated," Save says.
Choose gut-friendly foods
Rather than settling for sugary popsicles and soft drinks that only offer short-term hydration and cause blood glucose levels to spike, Save suggests we swap them for more gut-friendly options.
"This way you also protect the gastrointestinal tract and its billions of bacteria required for the production of vitamins [and for] for maintaining a well-balanced immune and digestive system," Save says.
"Opt for frozen low-sugar yoghurt made from real fruit, which may also contain beneficial probiotics for improved digestive health.
"Kombucha, which gives us that sweet fizzy sensation of a soft drink, is high in probiotic bacteria similar to the healthy bacteria found in our gut, linking it to improved digestion but also immune function."
Another great option is whole-fruit and vegetable smoothies, Save says.
"Think kale, spinach, banana and mango, which you can load with chia seeds and plant protein, making for a great refreshing drink with additional gut health benefits."
Select foods that make you sweat
Yes, sweating can help you cool down. The active compound capsaicin found in chilli peppers is responsible for this surprising effect, Save says.
"The sweating effect we experience from consuming adequate amounts of capsaicin can actually encourage our bodies to cool down as the sweat is evaporated from the skin."
The bottom line? Keep your cool by listening to your body, keeping up fluids and looking beyond the usual sugary drinks.
Here are some summer-friendly recipes from our collection.
The essence of summer. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Make your own popsicles. Photo: Jessica Dale
Kombucha can be flavoured with wild herbs, spices and fresh fruit. Photo: Christopher Pearce
Keep cool with DIY frozen yoghurt. Photo: Quentin Jones
Citrus salad with rocket, sliced orange, chickpeas and cherry tomatoes.
Refreshing fruit salad. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Spice it up with salsa. Photo: Caroline Velik
Add some oomph to your chicken. Photo: William Meppem
A sweet finish.