BEST WAYS TO STAY COOL THIS SUMMER

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By Flor Leano

It’s summer! The sun is glaring hot and people are mostly out to have beach adventure. It’s the best time to wear your fab hats, dark sunnies, pretty shorts and cropped tops. The problem is that summer is also the time when every move you make can make you sweat like crazy. While you are soaking wet with sweat, you won’t really look cool. And when it’s hot, people get easily irritated.

So, are there practical ways to stay cool this summer? Follow these easy-to-do tips so you will feel fresh the entire hot season.

EAT RIGHT.

This summer, there are types of food you should eat more. Munch more garden fresh salad, chilled slices of fruit and vegetables. Grab a refreshing bite of watermelon, pineapple, cucumber for snacks to keep you cool and hydrated. Avoid eating meat such as steak, hamburgers, and other protein-rich food during the heat of the day as they increase metabolic heat production leading to water loss.

DRINK MORE WATER.

There is no such a thing as water overdose. You can go beyond the minimum eight glasses of water especially during a hot weather. In fact,water is the most essential drink you can gulp down this summer. It keeps your body cool and makes the entire body system functioning even under the heat of the sun. That is why doctors recommend frequent drinking of water to prevent heat stroke. Stay away from sodas no matter how tempting they may look since they reduce the ability of your body to store water.

WEAR A HAT AND SUNNIES.

Wear a hat even if you are not in the beach. It prevents the harmful UV rays to come in contact directly to your skin. It also prevents heat stroke. Choose something thick enough to cover your head and wide enough to give shade to your face and shoulders. Sunnies on the other hand, make you look cool. They prevent summer eye strain that can cause tearing, fatigue and headache.

SOLVE IT WITH ICE.

If you do not have an air-conditioner at home, make some ice packs then put them under the fan. This will give a really cool breeze. Experts say that you can make the breeze cooler by sprinkling salt on your ice.

KEEP IT SIMPLE.

Less is best if you want to stay cool this summer. Metallic accessories can heat up giving you a hotter feeling while several necklaces around the neck can trap the heat and make you sweat. Even your watch and rings moisten under the heat. So, you can just wear sunnies and hats to make you look fab and to keep you cool.

WEAR COTTON.

Cotton is the fabric of the summer season. It is like a natural air-conditioner to your body cool. It allows air to circulate and moves freely through the fabric making heat more bearable.

DO THE EXTRA MILE.

  • Put a pack of wet tissue in the fridge overnight then wrap the pack with a towel to trap in the cold before leaving the house. If you feel really hot or sweaty, pull some wet tissue to freshen up and wipe it around your face, neck and hands.
  • Chill some water spray in the fridge and spray it around your face when you need to feel cool.
  • Put your wrists under cold running water for a few seconds. A main vein runs through your wrists, and the water will cool the blood. This will give you the chill and regulate your temperature. 

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