How to Beat the Heat?
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As temperatures are rising and many people are on holiday during the hot summer days, we’ve discovered some of the ways you can stay cool during the heat while at home:
Eat small meals at shorter intervals. As the meal is more caloric, your body produces more metabolic heat to break down the food. Avoid protein-rich foods.
Keep your wrists in cold water for five seconds every couple of hours. As the main vein passes through this area, it can help in cooling the blood.
Eat spicy foods. Even though it is the least wanted during hot summer days, curry and chilli can stimulate the receptors for the heat in your mouth, increase circulation, and help sweating, which helps your body cool.
Take a swim or take a shower with lukewarm water, just below body temperature, especially at a time before going to sleep. Although a cool shower can sound more tempting, your body collects heat later to overcome the heat loss.
If you have a basement, use it during the hottest hours of the day when the sun is the strongest. The basements are on average 10-15 degrees colder than the upper rooms in the house.
Wear breathable, cotton and light clothes. Heat is retained in synthetic fibers, while cotton absorbs the sweat and its evaporation makes you feel cooler. Additionally, bright colors reflect the sun's radiation.
While away from home, slide the curtains to prevent additional warming in the room.
You might crave a cold beer or a glass of white wine, but you need to avoid alcohol because it dehydrates the body. Mineral water or juices with a small amount of sugar are recommended. Also avoid beverages with caffeine, such as coffee and cola. They increase metabolic heat in the body.
Women should replace their usual body lotion with after-sun products that contain aloe vera and have a cooling effect. This way, you will lower the body temperature.
Slow down the rhythm and avoid strenuous activities that will stimulate your body to raise the body's basic temperature. If you need to exercise, do it during the coldest part of the day, which is usually before 8.00 h.
Install an air conditioning system that will cool you and your room.
Get rid of the blanket and sleep under the sheets. Put the sheets in the plastic bag and hold them in the refrigerator several hours before going to bed. When you fall asleep, the body temperature drops, making it difficult to sleep at hot weather. Cold sheets from the fridge can help you sleep better.
Place yourself comfortably, close your eyes and imagine the snow. Research has shown that the body reacts to such dreams, thereby lowering body temperature.