10 Ways to cool down on a hot day
We’ve already had some pretty hot days this summer and, in some countries, records are being broken, so how do you stay cool, when the sun is burning hot and you are outside, or you don’t have air conditioning? If you are not working, that’s easy, you go and take a dip in a pool, or you just relax and enjoy the weather, but if you can’t do that, here are ten other ways that you can cool down on a hot day.
1. Eat smaller meals, more often
On very hot days, the last thing you want to do is to increase your metabolic heat by eating large meals that contain high protein foods, or you will be increasing your temperature from the inside. Eat small, light meals and eat them more regularly, and that will give you the energy you need, without weighing you down and making you feel even hotter.
2. Avoid caffeinated drinks and drink lots of water
When it gets hot, your body sweats as a way to cool you down and, if you become dehydrated, you won’t have the fluids in your body to be able to do this. Avoid drinks that will dehydrate you, like alcohol and caffeinated drinks and drink lots and lots of water to keep you cool and hydrated.
3. Wet your hair with cold water
A cold shower is always a great way to cool down on a hot day, but if you can’t get to a shower, wet your hands with cold water and run your fingers through your hair. The cold water on your head will cool you down straight away and, as the water evaporates from your hair, it will continue to take some of the heat from your body for some time.
4. Run cold water over your wrists
You’ll be amazed at how effective this is. Run your wrists under cold water for a few minutes, because the blood in your veins comes very close to your skin in your wrists. As the blood passes through your wrists it will be cooled by the water and then that cooler blood will continue in and circulate around the rest of your body.
5. Snack on frozen fruit
The best snack for a scorching hot day is frozen fruit, and it’s far better for you than ice cream. You can freeze pretty much any fruit and it will provide you with the same cooling effect of ice cream, but with lots more nutrition and a whole lot less fat. To create a wonderful, delicious and absolutely healthy ice-cream, blend two or three frozen bananas together with about five dates and some frozen berries in your blender. Try it and thank us later!
6. Eat spicy food
Eating a burning hot curry dish or plate full of chillies might seem the last thing you would want to do on a hot day, but it can actually be a very effective way to cool you down. Hot peppers and chillies make your blood circulate faster through your body and it will cause you to sweat more, both of which will help to cool down your core body temperature.
7. Freeze your bottled water
If you know it will be hot day the following day, put a couple of water bottles in the freezer overnight, but only fill them to three quarters full, and leave the cap off when you freeze them, or they will burst. You will then have ice cold water with you, all day long, to cool you down whenever you need it.
8. Use aloe vera instead of your regular moisturiser
Keep some aloe vera gel in the fridge and use that as a body moisturiser in the mornings and the evenings. Aloe vera has a natural cooling effect and will bring down the surface temperature of your skin fast, as well as soothe any sunburn that you may have managed to get on the hot, sunny days.
9. Try a cooling spray
There are many cooling sprays available on the market, many of which include aloe vera as an ingredient, or you could make up your own at home. To make your own cooling cucumber facial spray, blend half a cucumber to a pulp and strain out the juice from the pulp through a thin fabric. Add a few drops of lemon juice and a teaspoon of rosewater and keep it in a spray bottle, in the fridge, until you need it. If you do buy a cooling spray from a store, be sure to read the instructions carefully, because not all cooling sprays are suitable for use on the face.
10. Place a wet towel around your neck
Run a towel under cold water, wring it out and wear it around your neck, and that will cool you down fast. It works the same way as cold water in the wrists does, by cooling the blood flowing through your veins. Plunging your feet into a bowl of iced water does the same trick too.
How to keep cool in the summer? What are your tips?