How to Stay Cool in Blistering Hot Temperatures

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When the sun is high and temperatures are rising, these cooling tips and advice to help ease the discomfort and health problems brought about by the heat are key to staying comfortable all summer long. Above all, it's most important to avoid dehydration and other heat-related illnesses.​

Keep in mind that heat exhaustion and possible heatstroke symptoms include mental confusion, rapid pulse, and heartbeat dilated pupils, rapid and shallow breathing, either elevated or lowered blood pressure and unconsciousness.

Cool Down Fast Remedy

Cool down fast by treating the pulse points on your body. Ice packs, cool compresses or cold water applied to the following pulse point areas help chill your blood vessels effectively and consequently lower your overall body temperature.

  • Around neck
  • Temple
  • Inner wrists
  • Inside bend of elbows
  • Back of knees
  • Inner thighs
  • Ankles and tops of feet

Smart Ways to Stay Cool

  • Slow your pace. Don't overexert yourself. If you must engage yourself physically, slow your pace and choose the coolest time of day to do so.
  • Stay indoors. If there is no air-conditioning in the home, avoid the upper floors. Remember, heat naturally rises.
  • Drink plenty of water.  Avoid dehydrating beverages (caffeinated drinks and alcohol). Iced herbal teas and juices (like watermelon iced tea, iced apple-mint green tea, and blended iced matcha latte) or healthy juice bars can be quite refreshing.
  • Wear white. Choose white or lighter color clothing over black and darker shades that tend to absorb the heat, whereas white reflects the heat.
  • Eat less.  Avoid eating large meals. Eating more frequently with smaller portions will be more easily digested. No need to stress your body further during a heat spell with a sluggish tummy.
  • Rest up. Lay down for a few minutes with a refrigerated face mask to refresh your body.
  • Install a dehumidifier in your living quarters. Sticky humidity in the air factors into heat discomfort.
  • Take H20 to go. If you must run errands, be sure to take a bottle of water with you or keep a cooler in your car.

Become a Fan of Fans

If you need to iron your clothes, set up your ironing board in the basement where it is cooler and have a fan blowing your direction. Although fans do not lower temperatures, they will help circulate stagnant air and do help cool the body by evaporating sweat.

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