Keep Cool the Natural Way

Heatwave Weather

I can definitely tell it’s summer! The sun is shining brightly and I’m sure plenty of you have been looking for relief from these hot temperatures. Instead of relying on the air conditioner all day, which traps you indoors and racks up the electric bill, let me give you some natural tips to cool down on hot summer days.

Make It Spicy
To cool down, your body depends on the fact that water absorbs heat as it evaporates. As a result, your body could benefit from sweat (or water in general) to stay cool and comfortable. As sweat evaporates from your skin, it takes heat with it, leaving you feeling cooler. That’s where spicy foods, like chili peppers, come in. It may seem weird to eat a “hot” food on a hot day, but the capsaicin promotes sweating (without raising your body temperature), which will eventually evaporate and cool you off. That’s probably why places known for high temperatures, such as India and Thailand, tend to serve some of the world’s spiciest foods! Capsaicin also has the ability to suppress your appetite, fight fat and decrease inflammation.

Cool Your Pulse Points
You may feel hot all over, but there are specific parts of your body that are hotter than others because your blood runs closer to the surface. They’re called your pulse points. You may be able to identify one from where a nurse or doctor has checked your pulse. Your pulse points include your wrists, back of neck, forehead and temples. Try running cool water over these parts several times a day. You can also place a cool or damp compress in these areas to cool you off.

Freeze Your Fruit
Instead of relying on sugar-filled frozen bars or calorie-enriched ice cream, throw a bunch of grapes in the freezer. They make a great snack and help you stay cool throughout the summer. You can also freeze melon cubes, berries or already-peeled and sliced bananas in plastic sandwich bags to make serving-size frozen treats!

Pull in Air from Your Cellar
Try placing a fan in a position so that it sucks cool air from your basement or cellar toward your living areas, which can help cool you down faster than blowing in hot, stuffy air from the outside. However, make sure your cellar or basement is free of mold or allergens, which can be potentially dangerous.

If there is a heat advisory near your home, make sure to take extra care to stay col. Keeping cool in a heat wave is especially key for young children and the elderly, as they are vulnerable for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Make sure to check your family for signs for signs of these conditions. Learn what they are from  from the Centers for Disease Control.

Last but not least, if you plan on cooling down by visiting a pool or beach, remember to bring sunscreen. Find one with an SPF over 30 and reapply frequently to make sure you are blocking harmful rays that can cause skin cancer. You can read more and increase your SPF IQ here.