Summer is synonymous with cold beers, days by the pool, and frozen desserts. It’s all about beating the heat.

Surprisingly enough, though, foods that seem like chill choices may actually have the opposite effect. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there are "warming foods" and "cooling foods"—and the definitions have nothing to do with their temperature.

"It is said that cooling foods help to clear heat and toxins from the body, whereas the warming foods increase circulation and raise 'qi,' or vital energy,” explains Kerry Bajaj, a certified health coach at Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. Reach for the following eight foods this summer for some sweet, healthy relief.