19 Aug

After a spicy meal, your body won't be able to tell that it simply has something to do with the salsa you just poured in your tacos... it will say:   ‘I don't care if it’s a thermal burn or a chemical, but I need to get rid of it.’  

Even though the spice isn’t burning you, the brain gets the same signals as if it was and reacts accordingly. As a result, the body will try to cool itself down.

  • Capsaicin – that fiery goodness that makes you sweat and flush –is fat-soluble. If you are living hell, reach for any fat available: dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, and cream), peanut butter or avocado work wonders.
  • Water doesn't really help because capsaicin isn't water-soluble; the cool temp may feel refreshing at first...but it won't slow the burn.
  • Alcohol will also help neutralize capsaicin but stay away from any kind of soda (bubbles will make things worse)

Your burn-sensing neurons — in your mouth, stomach, and elsewhere — are going to do their thing whether what you’ve swallowed will just probably give you some discomfort on the toilet and a big sweating time.

Yup, spicy food can turn anyone into a snotty, crying mess. So, try to stay cool!


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