- Dress for It
Choose cotton or linen clothing, as these fabrics breathe and allow air flow to your skin. Synthetic fibers trap moisture and can make you warmer. Another option – bamboo! This up-and-coming eco-friendly fabric is soft and breathes as well! Footwear is another thing to be mindful of. Choose something that breathes, like sandals or mesh-covered running shoes.
With water! Sugary drinks, alcoholic beverages, coffee and other caffeinated drinks will dehydrate you. Drink water and lots of it to ensure that the water lost through sweat is replenished. It will also keep you cool.
- Eat cooling food
Fruits and veggies, especially ones that are higher in water content are exactly what your body needs on those warm days. Think cucumber and cooling watermelon. Avoid meats and protein-heavy foods, as they increase metabolic heat production.
Some cultures swear by eating certain foods to keep cool. Chinese medicine categorizes food into heating and cooling foods. Here are some of the cooling foods:
Lemons, apple, watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya, pineapple, musk-melon, mung beans (in soup), summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, radish juice, bitter melon soup, watermelon juice
Another tip to eating cool – have smaller meals more often.
- Stay breezy
There are ways to cool down by the way you set up the environment around you:
- Keep blinds and window coverings closed during the day
- Stay lower to the ground – heat rises!
- Have a cold shower
- Use fans to direct cool air in, and hot air out of your home
- You can even use wet washcloths or blankets to keep cool
- Time your sun
Schedule outdoor activities early in the morning or later in the evening. If you have to go outside, try to get in the shade as much as possible. Hats help too!