Everyone loves summertime, but when the heat gets too oppressive, it’s crucial to listen to your body and find relief. But keeping cool is sometimes easier said than done. In this article, we’ll share our top six tips and tricks for how to stay cool in the heat.
1. Watch What You Eat
Keep your meals light and small instead of having heavy, big lunches and dinners. Focus on foods that are rich in fiber and easy to digest and avoid foods that naturally have a lot of ‘heat’ in them.
2. Grab seasonal fruits and vegetables
These days most vegetables and fruits are available all-year round; however, consuming seasonal foods have their own charm and health benefits. Always picks freshly harvested foods to extract best benefits they have to offer. Load up on mangoes, plums, tomatoes, berries, watermelon, oranges, celery, et al.
3. Eat light, small, frequent meals
Start the morning with a sweet, juicy fruit at breakfast. Ripe summer fruits – peaches, plums, melons and pears, are exactly what your skin craves for in the hot season. Citrus fruits are also very cooling. Eat whole or extract their juice, store in the refrigerator and sip often throughout the day.
4. Include salads in your diet
Consuming leafy lettuce and summer greens, corn on cob and cucumbers, in salads are delicious ways to stay cool. These foods contain a significant amount of water and can actually thin the blood, which has a cooling effect. Onions too are great in the summer, because of their ability to beat the heat and provide relief from summer ailments. So, throw in some washed onion slices onto a sandwich, or in your salad.
5. If you get burnt (sun stroke or heat stroke), seek relief by sipping on green tea or take a spoon of onion juice. They are potent antioxidants that can neutralize cellular damage caused by the sun’s rays.
6. To cool the body through sweating, add small amounts of hot spices to food while cooking. Hot peppers, fresh ginger, and black pepper are all great spices to make it really hot for you and then to cool you down.
7. Keep yourself hydrated
Drinking water is extremely important as it help rehydrate your body and helps it function better. Make sure you gulp down 8-10 glasses of water and ensure a well hydrated body. Do not drink extremely chilled water as it will only wreak havoc on your health.
8. Downsize your meal
It takes longer for the stomach to digest food plus the hot weather does not allow you to load up on too many foods. It is good to have lighter meals rather than having heavy ones, especially at night.
9. Eat more cooling foods
Load up on more body cooling foods and more hydrating foods that will help your keep going in this heat. Eat more watermelon, sesame, coconut water, cucumber, mint, fennel seeds, et al.
10. Choose fresh juices over cold drinks
Summers make you thirsty more often, which makes us resort to cold drinks and energy drinks that prove to be hazardous in the long run. Whenever you feel like quenching your thirst, prefer drinking orange juice or melon juice.
11. Replace the salt lost from excessive sweating with lemon water. One squeezed lemon provides 21% of a person’s daily required dose of vitamin C. The acid in lemons can damage your teeth so don’t forget to use a straw.
12. Binge on lighter snacks
Move over fried snacks that you enjoyed during winters; it is time to load up on lighter snack options like nuts, trail mixes, seeds, fruits, et al.
13. Hydrate your body
Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is the best drink as it doesn’t contain any sugars that can add up to unnecessary calories. For a change, a lemon and honey drink can also instantly replenish your body’s lost fluids and work as an energizer. Drink fluids even if you are not yet thirsty. Once you have the feeling of being thirsty means you are already dehydrated.
14. Keep your home neat and tidy
The temperature in your home will be maximum when your home in cluttered. To make it cool and breezy, remove all the unwanted materials like newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes and unused furniture. Take off all your synthetic curtains and woollen carpets and save them up for the winter. Instead, opt for cotton drapes and pillows. After decluttering, if you are looking to add a whimsical touch to your home decor, you can fill a bowl with cold water along with flower petals and pebbles. This can serve as a great natural cooling system for your house.
15. Switch off appliances when not in use
Most of the electrical equipment in your household emits heat while consuming electricity. Always make sure you switch off and unplug your appliances when not in use. This is an important summer cooling tip that you need to incorporate on a day-to-day basis. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with LED lights. Incandescent lights double up the amount of heat in your home as compared to LED lights. It is always a good idea to invest in smart appliances that emit less heat energy.
16. Use bamboo blinds
Bamboo blinds can act as a great heat shield for your home. This is one of the best old-school techniques to keep you home cool and refreshing. With a classic and traditional look, bamboo blinds are an eco-friendly home décor to create a beautiful and energetic vibe to your living space. Apart from bamboos, natural ingredients such as jute, reeds and other herbal grasses go into the making of these blinds.
17. Invest in a good ceiling fan
If you are thinking about how to keep your house cool in summer naturally, then it is important that you invest in the right ceiling fan. You need to employ reversible ceiling fans especially in the prime locations of your house like bedroom, living room, kitchen and the dining space. The greatest advantage of installing reversible ceiling fans is that it adjusts the thermostat and delivers cool air during summer. This is a great summer cooling tip that can significantly help you reduce your electric bill.
18. Wear loose, full-sleeved cotton clothes to protect the body from the sun and to aid evaporation of sweat. Use a hat to protect your head from the sun you go out
19.. Stay indoors. Restrict outdoor activities to the cooler parts of the day – early mornings before 10.30am or late evenings after 530pm.
20. Apply a moisturizer that contains aloe vera on sunburned skin. Sunburns slow the skin’s ability to cool itself off.