Even though you look better than ever with that killer tan you sport on or have been waiting for so long to enjoy warm weather and sunny days, this scorching summer heat is definitely not always cool to have as the weather.
On a hot summer day, going outside might be very difficult. You can easily get dehydrated and feel fatigued because of the sweltering heat and excessive sweat production in your body.
Thus it is very important to know how to stay cool, to prevent you getting heat stroke or, worse, hyperthermia (too high body temperature). It is no secret that your body might suffer major health problems if it produces or absorbs an excessive amount of heat.
Read on to find 8 tricks you can do to battle the heat and help you stay cool this summer!
Drink a lot of water
When your body is attempting to maintain homeostasis conditions, a self-regulating process our body does to adjust to the changing external conditions -maintaining hydration is crucial. When our bodies try to adjust to the outside temperature, they produce sweat. Although it might be unpleasant, sweating is your body’s way of cooling down.
Water helps to maintain the fluid balance in our body, which is quickly lost through sweat. Every person should drink 2 liters of water each day, regardless of the weather. Due to the body losing water easily in the summer, you need to exert a little bit more effort to stay hydrated.
The easiest trick to stay cool during the summer is to drink ice water. The benefits of drinking cold water during the summer is not only to help ease the heat, but also to keep your body hydrated. In the summer, cold water is more easily absorbed by your body than warm water. Thus soothing your body with a glass of cold water will lower your risk of suffering from heat stroke.
Aside from cold water, you can also drink juice, coconut water, and fruits that are high in water.
Shower in lukewarm water
While taking a cold shower in a hot climate may seem soothing and pleasant, research suggests that doing so may actually make you feel hotter. This is because if you shower in warm water, your body doesn’t have to exert as much energy to adjust to the outside temperature afterward.
Avoid tea and coffee
Drinking nicotine and caffeine, which are usually present in tea or coffee, can also raise the body’s temperature. They cause the blood vessels to tighten, warming the blood and making you feel warm and end up perspiring. Rather than tea and coffee, it will be more beneficial for you to drink refreshing liquids such as fruit juices, coconut water, and lemon water during the summer.
Cool your toes
If you feel that it is too hot for you to handle, the first thing that you can do is dip your toes in the water. By doing this, you can quickly lower your body temperature.
Do not go out between 11 am to 2 pm
Sunburns most commonly occur if you go out, between 11 am to 2 pm. During this time around, the sun is usually at its hottest temperature. Keeping your exposure to the sun at the barest minimum will help to reduce your risk of getting overheated.
If there is no other option but to be outside during those hours, dress appropriately, and do not forget to put your sunscreen on.
During the summer wear an outfit that is made from loose and breathable cotton. Choose light-colored cotton clothing to stay cool and prevent excessive perspiration. You will perspire more if you’re wearing dark, tightly fitted clothing. This is because dark colors absorb more light, thus making you feel hotter.
You can also sport on some hats and sunglasses to protect your face even more from the UV radiation caused by the sun.
Eat a popsicle
Eating popsicles during the summer is not only for a child. You can do so too! The delicious taste of the popsicle, along with its refreshing after-effect, will definitely help to cool you down when the sun is on top of its peak.
Drink a smoothie
If you don’t want to eat a popsicle, you can instead drink a smoothie to get the same cooling after-effect. Not only is smoothie healthy, but drinking it will also help to quickly lower your body temperature because it keeps you hydrated.
Enjoy your summer to the fullest by following these tricks that have been mapped out for you. You’ll be able to have a great summertime without having to worry about heatstroke!