Staying cooler in warmer weather
We’re quickly rolling into peak summer months, and judging by the way things are going, it’s going to be a scorcher this summer.
With summer fun comes the summer heat! As temperatures continue to rise and sweat starts to trickle down our backs, here are some tips for staying cool in warmer weather.
Hydration is key when your body is trying to maintain homeostasis, or the regulated state (in this case, at a decent temperature). Sweating, though kind of unappealing sometimes, is your body’s way of cooling you down.
Contrary to popular belief, while iced water is your safest bet in cooling you down, you can also try hydrating snacks like watermelon. Any liquid is better than no liquid. Having said that, make sure you’re not drinking coffee, as it’s a diuretic and can have dehydrating effects.
Wear loose, breathable (think: cotton) clothing and footwear that won’t leave any room for you to feel overheated. Hats are also crucial for blazing hot weather, keeping you cool by providing shade. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.
Refrigerate your bed sheets
Once you try this trick, you’ll wonder why you haven’t thought of it before. Place your bedsheets in your fridge or freezer for half an hour before you sleep, and you’ll achieve a quick fix for hot slumber.
Also consider investing in soft gel packs that you can place underneath your sheets, or tucked between your legs (wrapped in a towel.)
Cool down your “hot zones”
Your pressure points are your secret key to cooling down quickly! Applying a little ice pack or a bottle filled with iced water will help you cool down immediately.
These pressure points are:
- Behind the knees
- Elbow bends
Did you know that spicy foods actually help you cool down? Spicy food increases your blood circulation, which in turn gets you sweaty. And, as we discussed before, sweating cools you down when the sweat cools down.
Eat something cold
A tried and true method is to eat something cold! Grab your favorite popsicle or eat an ice cube to help your body cool down faster.
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