Let’s face it, as much as we enjoy the hot summer sun, there are some days when we’d rather it would cool down a bit. On those days it’s always good to keep cool under a shade tree in the park or in a swimming pool. However, there are many other ways to stay cool in the hot weather, and by making a few changes in your diet and lifestyle, you can avoid getting uncomfortably hot in the summer.
Although the high temperatures are not meant to be dangerous, they can, however, cause problems for some individuals especially for the elderly and others who are suffering from certain health conditions.
High temperatures combined with humidity can often result in heat strokes, headaches, fatigue and fainting. Therefore, knowing how to keep cool before the hot weather hits can help to eliminate the risk of experiencing health problems.
Not all of the following tips will yield immediate results, but they will nevertheless help you keep cool in the long run.
The most important thing that you can do for your body if you want to stay cool in the summer is to detoxify your body. The reason being is that most symptoms that occur during hot weather, such as headaches and fatigue, are not really the result of high temperatures or humidity. But rather they are the result of toxins trying to leave the body, also known as symptoms of detoxification.
What happens is that the heat causes the body to go into a sweat, which then promotes the release of toxins. The toxins then enter into the bloodstream where they cause headaches, fatigue and an overall feeling of being too hot.
One of the best ways to detoxify is to do a juice fast. However, simply avoiding toxic foods and toxic substances can do wonders for the body as well. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, which makes them great for detoxifying the body.
Another way to stay clear of toxins is to get out of the city. The pollution coming from all the vehicles on the road can make it seem a lot hotter than what it really is. A trip to the beach or going on a nature walk are excellent alternatives to hanging around in the city.
Furthermore, walking barefoot on the beach or anywhere on the ground helps to draw out negative and toxic energies from the body. As a result, the body feels lighter and the heat is not as overwhelming.
Eat Less and Drink More
Whether it be highly nutritious foods or junk foods, both have a tendency to warm the body. This is because food increases the metabolic rate, which then increases the body temperature. Thus, when the weather gets hot, it is best to avoid eating in large quantities in order to remain cool.
Fluids, on the other hand, are very important to consume in large quantities in order to prevent dehydration. When the body is dehydrated it cannot sweat efficiently. Being able to sweat in hot weather is important because the sweat naturally cools the surface of the skin.
At the same time, it is important to remember that the more you sweat the more fluids you need to consume in order to maintain a proper balance.
Another thing to remember is that the body also loses a lot of salt along with the sweat. Therefore, adding a few shakes of unrefined sea salt to a cup of water, iced tea or any other drink, will help the body to maintain its electrolytes as well.
Eating lots of dark green vegetables and fresh fruits is also a good way to maintain fluid and electrolyte levels.
In addition to drinking plenty of fluids, it is important to avoid anything that dehydrates the body, such as caffeine and alcohol.
Wear the Right Clothing
It is amazing what the right kind of clothes will do to keep you cool.
Lighter colors do not absorb the sunlight, and thus will help to keep you cooler. Darker colors, on the other hand, absorb the rays and can make it feel a lot hotter than what it really is.
Cotton clothes are also more suitable because they allow more airflow, whereas synthetics block the flow causing the body to sweat excessively.
Loose clothes are more comfortable as well, because they too, allow more air-flow.
Another option is to wear less. Opt for a tank, shorts or a mini skirt, as that will give your body the maximum amount of breathing space.
Instead of Iced Tea, Have a Hot Tea
If you want to cool down immediately, then by all means have an iced tea. But if you are looking for long-term results, then a hot tea can help. At first, the tea makes you feel hotter, however, the extra heat promotes a sweat and the release of toxins, which overtime can help to keep you cooler.
Spicy foods, such as jalapeno peppers, cayenne and ginger, also have the same effect.
Note: You might not want to drink a hot tea if you are already experiencing symptoms of detoxification because it could cause the body to detoxify too fast.
A Cold Shower or a Warm Bath
A cold shower is probably one of the quickest ways to cool off. A warm bath, on the other hand, can help your body to release more toxins, which naturally reduces the body temperature.
Avoid Exercise or Strenuous Work
Another excellent way to avoid heat exhaustion is to avoid exercise or any type of repetitive or strenuous work in the hot afternoon sun. Any physical activity increases the blood circulation as well as the core temperature of the body.
We always want immediate results, however, looking at it from a long-term perspective will help to keep you cool in the long run as well.