Since we participated in #FlashbackFriday last week, we thought it would be fun to do another one. The LivingFirst blog already posted some tips for keeping cool this summer, but since we’re currently experiencing a heat wave we thought you could use more ideas.
The Daily Mail’s website has offered a whole article with tips to stay cool in the midst of a heat wave. The article can be found here. We’ve decided to share some highlights, though. Here they are:
- Eat small meals and eat more often. The larger the meal, the more metabolic heat your body creates breaking down the food. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.
- Take a tepid bath or shower just below body temperature, especially before bedtime. Although a cold shower might sound more tempting, your body generates heat afterwards to compensate for the heat loss.
- Ditch your duvet and sleep under a sheet instead. Even better, put your sheets in a plastic bag and stick them in the fridge a couple of hours before going to bed. As we fall asleep our body temperature lowers, which is why it’s difficult to sleep in hot weather. Cold sheets straight from the fridge should help you sleep better.
- While you’re out, keep the house curtains drawn to stop it heating up like a greenhouse.
- Run your wrists under a cold tap for five seconds each every couple of hours. Because a main vein passes through this area, it helps cool the blood.
If you have any go-to methods for cooling down, please share in our “Comments” section.
By Adrianna, LivingFirst Contributor