The summer is finally here. With it are high temperatures and sun exposure. So how can you make hot days more manageable for you?
Here are some tips to help keep you cool:
The best way to stay cool is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will keep your body hydrated, which is important because dehydration can cause serious health problems in extreme heat. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water per day (or about 9 cups).
Wear light clothing
Wearing less clothing can help keep your body temperature down. The less fabric touching your skin, the better off you’ll be! Avoid wearing dark colors or thick fabrics since they absorb more heat from the sun and make your body feel hotter than it actually is. Light colors reflect heat better than darker colors do, so stick with those when possible (white or light blue are great choices). You may also want to consider wearing loose-fitting clothes that don’t constrict movement or chafe against your skin when you’re outside for long periods of time.
Eat light meals during the day
Eating too much during the summer months can lead to digestive problems because digestion increases with heat and humidity levels rise during the summer months. Light meals are best during this time as they will help your body stay cool and hydrated longer. It is also important to avoid spicy foods in hot weather as they can cause heartburn or indigestion due to increased stomach acid production in response to hot summer temperatures.
Wear a hat
Use an umbrella or wear a hat when going out in the sun as this will protect your head from direct exposure to sunlight and reduce heat stress on your head.
Snack on frozen fruit
Freeze your favorite fruits for a delicious, cooling snack. You can freeze just about any fruit — berries work best — then blend them into a smoothie or eat them on their own as popsicles. The texture might be different than what you’re used to but it’s worth it for those hot days when you need something refreshing!
Open your windows
Keep your house cool by opening up windows or turning on fans while cooking meals that produce steam like pasta or rice dishes (our personal favorites). Also, be careful not to stand directly in front of open windows or near moving air currents because they’ll take away from the natural cooling effect we need during these warmer months!
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