If breaking out into a sweat, feeling your face flush and knowing your tongue is about to fall off from the burning does not stop you from eating something hot and spicy, you need to know how to prepare for hot foods. Your brain reacts to the chemicals in hot foods much as it reacts to pain and the effects of increased temperatures. You can take measures to prepare your body to handle these sensations by having a few items on hand while you consume hot foods.
Things You'll Need
Build your tolerance by consuming hot foods frequently, but in moderation. A little here and there will help increase your tolerance to the spices.
Take your time eating hot foods. The more chemicals in the hot foods, such as capsaicin,enter your body, the harsher the reaction. Eat slowly to control the heat.
Eat ice before consuming hot foods. The ice helps to numb the pain receptors in your mouth helping to lessen the burning feeling.
Drink milk with hot foods. Milk neutralizes the acids in spicy foods that contribute to the burning sensation in your mouth and stomach.
Keep bread on hand when you plan to eat hot foods. The bread soaks up the spices that incite the warmth.
Swish lukewarm water around your mouth once you consume the hot foods. Spit out the water to rinse the spicy chemicals from your mouth.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not drink carbonated drinks with hot foods as it can increase gastrointestinal problems associated with acidic foods.
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