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Thursday, June 6, 2013

6 Tips on Staying Cool in the Summer Heat


Summer can present challenges when the temperatures soar to 90 degrees and above. Not everyone has air conditioning, and even air conditioning struggles to keep the temperature and humidity down. Working outside can present particular challenges in trying to stay cool while doing outdoor yard work and other chores. Is there anything that can help? Here are 6 tips that will help you "keep your cool" this summer.

Water - water hydrates the body and makes it feel cooler. Not only should you drink lots of water, but you can spray it on your skin, hair and clothing. Evaporation produces a cooling effect. Take a break from outside work and soak your feet in cool water and run water over your wrists for 10-15 seconds. The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, so keeping these parts cool will help keep the entire body cool.

Food - foods that contain water have the same effect of cooling the body. So eat lots of fruit like watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, and grapefruit can help cool you down--plus they are great for keeping your weight down. Make Popsicles from fruit juice for a healthy treat that will also keep you cool. Mint is also good for cooling. This includes lotions and shower gels with mint, and mint in food such as mint tea, mint smoothies or candied mint leaves.

Sleep - satin sheets and pillow cases are cooler than cotton. You can even freeze your pillow 1-2 hours before going to bed and it will keep you cooler until you fall asleep. Using a fan in the bedroom keeps the air circulating. You can even try sleeping on the floor. Hot air rises, so the floor will be cooler than your bed.

Clothing - clothes should be loose-fitting for best comfort during hot weather. Natural fabrics like cotton, linen and silk will breathe better than synthetics and keep you cooler. Wear light colors; they will reflect the heat. Keeping the sun off your skin with a hat and shirt will actually keep you cooler than exposing your skin to the sun.

Relax - try to pace yourself when the temperatures rise. A slower pace will keep you cooler. Instead of fanning yourself, try sitting near a fan and let the fan do the work for you.

House - there are a number of things to do in the house to keep out the heat. These include closing the blinds to keep the sun out, using ceiling fans to circulate the air, open windows at night to let the night air cool down the house, avoid using the oven in the summer--do more outdoor grilling--and turn down pilot lights during the hot summer months.



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