Is hot weather making you sweaty and sticky all over? Is your air conditioner on the fritz, or is your electric bills more than your house payment? Try these 8 easy and natural ways to find relief from the heat.
Eat These Foods: The following foods work to help your body regulate its temperature and keep you cooler: mushrooms, citrus fruit, lemon balm, and mint. Spicy foods can also help by causing you to sweat more. As the sweat evaporates, it cools you down. Snacking on frozen melon cubes or berries is also smart way to cool down.
Hydrate Yourself: Stay hydrated by sipping from a water bottle throughout the day. Aim for at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you sweat a lot, toss in some packets of electrolytes in your water. If you’re tired of plain water try the spa water which is a great alternative to iced teas or sodas. If possible try to avoid excess caffeine, alcohol and sugar which can leave you dehydrate.
Dive In: Swimming is a great way to cool off on hot days. It works because, when we get wet, the water evaporates from our skin, taking heat with it. If you can’t get to a pool or swimming hole, you can achieve this same result with a shower or bath, or just by wetting your hair. Soaking your feet or even just running cold water over each of your wrists for 10 seconds can also help.
Use Your Secret Spot: Your body’s main temperature sensor is located on the back of your neck. If you have long hair, wear it up to let breezes reach this area. If you’re going to sit by a fan, make sure it blows onto the back of your neck. A cool compress over this area will also go a long way to helping you feel cooler.
Wear Lighter and Brighter Colors: Make sure you’re dressed for the weather. Wearing just a bathing suit or thin undershirt will offer relief. If that’s not an option, then opt for loosely-woven natural fabrics, such as linen, in light, bright colors. These fabrics breathe, allowing your body to shed heat, while the brighter colors will reflect heat from the sun.
Get and Give a Massage: Rub on some peppermint lotion. The menthol will stimulate your nerves and trick your body into thinking you’re cooler than you are.
Be as Cool as a Cucumber: Rub a slice of chilled cucumber over your face. The thick juice will take longer to evaporate than water, for extended refreshment.
Be Still: Just sit very still and breathe. Don’t try to run errands or do housework or anything else active during the hottest part of the day. Save these tasks for evening, when things start to cool down. Instead, just do nothing and enjoy the peace and quite that summer brings. If possible find a comfortable chair turn on some soft relaxing music and enjoy calm, peaceful and relaxing bliss.
So what do you do to stay cool for summer?