Cooling Foods

Author: Dr. Brent Barlow  •  Date: May 27, 2016  •  Appears in: Community, News

Cooling Foods

What are Cooling Foods?

Most foods we eat have an energetic effect on the body. Certain foods make us feel warmer and while others makes us feel cooler. Most foods we consume on hot summer days have a cooling effect whereas most we consume on cold winter days help to warm us up. However, it is not just the temperature of foods that contribute to their energetic quality. Foods that have a cooling energy are considered to be cooling because they also decrease inflammation. Inflammation not only increases the internal thermostat of the body but also causes and allows for chronic disease.

What Foods are cooling?

Most cooling foods are unprocessed, plant-based, and alkaline in nature. There are many vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, herbs, and spices that have a cooling anti-inflammatory quality. Veggies like leafy greens, broccoli, cucumber, spinach, summer squash, celery, radish, beets, and tomatoes are cooling to the body. They are most cooling when eaten raw or lightly steamed. Spices like marjoram, cilantro, lemon balm, peppermint, white peppercorn, kelp and seaweeds are also cooling. Most herbal teas, vegetable broths, and fruit and vegetable juices are cool in nature. Grains like amaranth, millet, barley, and sprouted grains have a cool energy about them. Legumes like great northern, navy, kidney, lima, and mung beans are also great sources of cool energy.

What Foods Should I Reduce When on a Cooling Diet?

It is not advised to completely avoid all warming foods when consuming a cooling diet. However, it is advisable to avoid fried, refined, hydrogenated and most processed foods because they are pro-inflammatory, which makes them heating. However, it is not only processed  and pro-inflammatory foods that are heating. Certain unprocessed, plant-based, and alkaline foods have warming qualities about them as well. These include: cabbage, kale, mustard greens, onion, winter squash, parsnip, leeks, chives, scallion, cherries, dates, ginger, soybean oil, soups, chilies, and stews. These foods should be reduced when you’re on a cooling diet

When are cooling Foods Used In Naturopathic Medicine?

A naturopathic physician may prescribe a cooling diet for several different reasons. A Cooling diet can be beneficial to patients with inflammatory conditions like eczema, psoriasis, IBS, ulcerative colitis, and arthritis. A diet based on cooling foods may also be prescribed to people who are in the process of a detox. A cooling diet can be beneficial to people who have difficulties regulating their temperature and tend to feel hot, suffer from hot flashes, and sweats. Naturopathic physicians help their patients identify the right cooling foods for them and design a cooling diet that will help improve their overall health and vitality.


Dr. Brent Barlow


Dr. Brent Barlow is a Naturopathic Physician practicing at The Kelowna Wellness Clinic in downtown Kelowna. Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians, and primarily use natural medicine to treat disease and promote wellness. Dr. Barlow believes strongly in identifying and treating the causes of disease rather than focusing on the treatment of symptoms. Your can find more information on his website
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