Stay Cool This Summer

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How To Stay Cool This Summer; some basic tips and reminders....


l Run cool water over the inside of your wrists.

l If you live near some, drive up to the mountains. The higher you go, the cooler it gets.

l Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day – more if you’re very active.

l Don’t exercise in the heat of the day – do it before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.

l Set a bowl of ice water in front of a moving fan.

l Wear loose, light-colored natural-fiber clothing.

l Soak your feet in a plastic basin of cool (not cold) water.

l Hang out in your basement – it’s usually at least 10 degrees cooler than upper floors.

l Wear your hair up or short – most heat escapes from the top of your head.

l Make your own portable evaporative cooler: wet down a white cotton towel and drape it around your neck.

l Open windows only in the room you’re in and the one opposite. Position a fan to blow from one window to the other to create a cross-draft.

l Shower or bathe regularly to keep your pores unclogged and efficiently sweating.

l Instead of incandescent light bulbs, which give off a lot of heat, use compact florescents.

l Keep blinds down on the side of the house the sun is shining on. 

l Eat a Popsicle.

l Hang roll-up bamboo blinds outside the east and south windows.

l Wear a wide-brimmed, breathable hat when in the sun.

l Avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol and caffeine.

l Eat lightly. Stay away from heavy, fatty foods and excessive protein (which aids heat production). Do eat salty foods to replace sodium lost from sweating.

l Use your backyard grill to stay out of a hot kitchen while cooking.

l Keep a spray bottle of water handy and mist yourself while sitting in front of a fan.

l Go shopping, to the library, movies or a restaurant and take advantage of someone else’s air conditioning.

l Unplug computers, TVs and VCRs when not in use. Even turned off, these appliances generate a lot of heat.

l Drugstores sell sore-muscle rubs like Ben-Gay, which, when rubbed on pulse points, make you feel cool.

l Take a cool bath or shower – but not cold.

l Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

l Watch medications – some decrease perspiration and contribute to overheating.

l Lie down with a refrigerated face mask for a few minutes to refresh your whole body.

l Avoid the upper floors of your house – remember, heat rises.