10 WAYS TO STAY COOL THIS SUMMER

dog-on-iceTHIS HAS BEEN QUITE A HOT SUMMER FOR MOST OF THE COUNTRY. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay cool and comfortable.  Here are 10 ways you can stay cool this summer. Try these tips and see how you can beat the heat!

1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Drink water frequently. Your body will feel cooler if you are hydrated. Adding mint leaves, orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing and adds immune- boosting Vitamin C.

How much?  Recommended intake varies considerably based on the study and you can also consume water through foods such as soups and fruits.  Therefore, the easiest way to check if you are consuming enough water is to check the color of your urine. The clearer, the better. If your urine is yellow or dark, you know you need to drink more.

2. GET A PORTABLE SPRAY BOTTLE

Fill it with ice water, adjust it to fine mist and spray it on your exposed skin for an instant cooling effect.  Also, try using a portable water-misting fan.

3. KEEP THE BACK OF YOUR NECK IN THE SHADE

Wear a cap backwards, raise your collar or put a wet handkerchief, towel or ice pack on the back of the neck.

The sensor for our body temperature control system is in this area, and so with this method you can make the rest of your body think that you are “cool”.

4. WEAR A SHORT SLEEVED SHIRT AND PUT WATER ON THE SLEEVES ONLY

If there is a breeze or fan blowing on you, you can actually get  cold! Use a squirt bottle, the sink or hose if outside to keep your sleeves wet.

5. PUT YOUR WRISTS AND YOUR FEET ON ICE OR RUN COLD WATER OVER THEM FOR AT LEAST 15 SECONDS EACH

This will reduce your temperature for roughly an hour.  The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, and a main bloodstream flows through your wrists, so cooling any of these will efficiently cool the body. Kids wading pools are great for adults to cool off as well.

You can also fill your bathtub with cool water. Once you are used to the temperature, let some water out and refill with cold water. Keep doing this until you are sufficiently cold. Your body will stay cool for a long time after you get out. For a fast cool-down, add ice!

6.   WEAR SUMMER CLOTHING

Wear loosely woven natural fabrics (cotton, silk, linen) rather than polyester, rayon, or other artificial fibers (with the possible exception of performance fabrics).

Wear light colors. Darker colors will absorb the sun’s heat and stay warmer longer than light or white clothing, which reflects light and heat.

7.  TRY FRUIT TO COOL OFF YOUR BODY INSIDE AND OUT

Freeze a bag of chopped fruit such as watermelon, grapes, pineapple or lemons.  Delicious and healthy too!

Use cucumbers. Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber and stick it on the middle of your forehead or on your eyelids! This feels fantastic on a hot day or when stuck in a hot car and works almost immediately! An ice cube or a cold can of liquid work similarly, though the astringency of the cucumber is more refreshing for your eyelids.

8. EAT SPICY FOOD

It’s not a coincidence that many people in hotter regions of the world eat spicy food. Spicy food increases perspiration, which cools the body as it evaporates.

9. TRY THIS “HEAT SNORKELING METHOD”

Take a glass and fill it with ice almost to the top.  Hold it up to your mouth and blow gently into the cup.  The ice causes the air you are blowing to cool down dramatically and since the cold air has only one way out (right at your face), it is forced out over your skin. So refreshing!

You can also make a DIY AIR CONDITIONER. Put a metal bowl of salted ice in front of a fan, and adjust the fan so that the air is blowing over the ice. As the salty ice melts, the air cools around them. The fan will blow that air at you.

10. CLOSE YOUR BLINDS AND CURTAINS

Shutting your blinds and curtains during the day will help block the sun’s heat. As soon as the sun hits your home in the morning, close all windows and keep exterior doors and windows closed throughout the hottest part of the day. Do this until night falls and it’s cool enough to open the windows for the night.

AND DON’T FORGET TO WEAR SUNSCREEN!!

HOPE THESE TIPS FOR STAYING COOL THIS SUMMER HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY, SAFE AND HAPPY !!

Always Live Vibrantly!

Gwen