Stay Cool This Summer

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Happy First Day of Summer!  Here are some tips to help you beat the heat:

  • Run cool water over the inside of your wrists.
  • If you live near some, drive up to the mountains. The higher you go, the cooler it gets.
  • Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day – more if you’re very active.
  • Don’t exercise in the heat of the day – do it before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
  • Set a bowl of ice water in front of a moving fan.
  • Wear loose, light-colored natural-fiber clothing.
  • Soak your feet in a plastic basin of cool (not cold) water.
  • Hang out in your basement – it’s usually at least 10 degrees cooler than upper floors.
  • Wear your hair up or short – most heat escapes from the top of your head.
  • Make your own portable evaporative cooler: wet down a white cotton towel and drape it around your neck.
  • 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.
  • Shower or bathe regularly to keep your pores unclogged and efficiently sweating.
  • Instead of incandescent light bulbs, which give off a lot of heat, use compact florescents.
  • Keep blinds down on the side of the house the sun is shining on. Cover the windows with aluminum foil.
  • Eat a Popsicle.
  • Hang roll-up bamboo blinds outside the east and south windows.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed, breathable hat when in the sun.
  • Avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol and caffeine.
  • 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.
  • Use your backyard grill to stay out of a hot kitchen while cooking.
  • Keep a spray bottle of water handy and mist yourself while sitting in front of a fan.
  • Go shopping, to the library, movies or a restaurant and take advantage of someone else’s air conditioning.
  • Unplug computers, TVs and VCRs when not in use. Even turned off, these appliances generate a lot of heat.
  • Drugstores sell sore-muscle rubs like Ben-Gay, which, when rubbed on pulse points, make you feel cool.
  • Take a cool bath or shower – but not cold.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Watch medications – some decrease perspiration and contribute to overheating.
  • Lie down with a refrigerated face mask for a few minutes to refresh your whole body.
  • Avoid the upper floors of your house – remember, heat rises.

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