Why does hot weather decrease one's appetite?
Answered by: Dr Neesha Choksy | Consultant Nutritionist and Fitness Trainer,
Q: Why does hot weather decrease one's appetite?
A:Appetite decreases with heat partly because the body is trying to keep cool. All of the body's functions, including digestion, create heat within the body. A body working hard to keep cool will suppress appetite in an attempt to lessen its work load. Additionally, with heat comes perspiration. You not only lose water when you perspire, you lose vitamins and minerals. The loss of vitamins and minerals can contribute to chemical imbalances within the body that can suppress appetite.
Taken from Health.com
Lessons from the Garden From The Old Farmer's Almanac
Ask any gardener, and they’ll tell you that feeling a little overwhelmed at this time of year sometimes is just a fact of life.
Young seedlings go into the ground with so much hope, but as the heat of July hits, something shifts. Leaves begin to wilt. Weeds start to take hold. Are those … spots? They weren’t there before—this can’t be good! You don’t remember inviting pests to an all-you-can-eat buffet, but yet there they are. Taken all at once, things can all feel a bit out of control.
But take heart: The other thing that experienced gardeners know is that within every challenge lies an opportunity for growth and learning. Your tomatoes might not take hold. The zucchini crop for which you had big baking plans may never come to pass. Despite everyone’s best intentions (not just yours, but theirs, too, no doubt!), annuals sometimes droop and die off before the season has barely started. Perfection is impossible, but there are no failures—just insights to guide you into the future.
If you’re a new gardener (and we know that you’re out there!), keep going! This is the time to enjoy the process and all of the green things, even if they’re “weeds.” One of the best ways to manage is to break up the chores into different sessions or even 15-minute increments.
Also, of course: Water, water, water. If you’re feeling a bit parched under the hot Sun, imagine how your plants must feel!
When watering, avoid overwatering and focus your efforts on the soil—not the plants themselves—to avoid diseases like powdery mildew and blossom-end rot.
While you’re working (or playing) outside, please don’t forget to “water” yourself! You should be drinking water throughout the day, even if you’re not thirsty. Also, they may be wet, but soda, alcohol drinks, and caffeinated beverages are no substitute for good ol’-fashioned H2O. Stay healthy and hydrated with our 10 Tips for Extreme Heat Safety.
Finally, don’t forget to treat yourself. Summer should be about relaxing and enjoying the best things in life—like dessert! Consider indulging with our Fruited “Yogurt” Parfait (a healthy sweet treat, especially for those avoiding dairy) or the more decadent Cherry Limeade Ice Cream Pie!
As sure as the Sun will rise and set each day, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is here for you, now and always.
Your Friends from The Old Farmer’s Almanac
“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” –Timber Hawkeye, speaker and author of Buddhist Boot Camp
Taken from The Old Farmer's Almanac
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