The hot summer days will soon be upon us! You may head to the beach, the lake, a park, or simply stay home to stay cool. Do you ever wonder what people did before air conditioning? Most can’t even imagine living without it. Some people do… those who are living green and, though you may not be one of those people who would give up the comfort of the cool environment, there are some things you can do to stay cool this summer without breaking the bank.
It’s always best to wear loose light weight, light colored natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk, or linen. Try to avoid synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, acrylics, and rayon, as they hold the heat and don’t allow skin to breath.
Keep a Cool Head
Splash cold water on your head or wet a towel and put it in the freezer, then put over your head or back of neck. This will quickly lower the body temperature, which will last for a while.
The body radiates heat from the head, hands, and feet. Soaking the feet in cold water will efficiently cool the body. Make it extra cool by adding ice!
Drink plenty of water (at least eight ounces every hour). When you are well hydrated, your body will feel cooler. Also, when you sweat from the heat, your body loses water and electrolytes, which must be replenished.
Don’t Gorge, Graze!
It’s much better to eat six smaller meals, rather than three large meals, especially in the summer time! Ever notice how you feel warmer after eating a big meal? It’s not because the food was hot, it’s because the protein-laden food boosts the metabolic fires. It’s better to eat lighter foods, such as salads, fresh fruits and veggies, rather than heavier, heartier meals. Eating smaller, more frequent meals will help you feel cooler and is much healthier no matter what season!
Cool off at the spa with a nice refreshing, hydrating mask. It will lower your body temperature and leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Call the spa and reserve your appointment today!
A great way to stay cool in the bed is to bag up your sheets and toss them in the freezer prior to going to bed. You may also enjoy a hot water bottle filled with ice water to add to the cooling effect, which will last for several hours. If possible, use organic cotton sheets, as they will keep you much cooler. If cost is an issue, it’s good to at least have organic cotton pillow cases, since a cool head keeps the body cooler.
These are just a few creative ways to keep you cool. With strategic planning, you can summer proof your home to prevent heat and sunlight from entering, which will lead a long way to having a cooler summer. Practice and share these few tips to stay cool and you will be shouting hooray on those sunny summer days!