Great Summer Ideas - Ways To Cool Down and Prevent Heat Stroke

Top tips to stay cool during summertime

In the Philippines, we only have two seasons – the dry season and the wet season.

It gets to be extremely humid and excruciatingly hot during the dry season. Cases of dehydration and heat strokes are on the rise. We certainly could not simply allow these things to happen to us, so I did a research of all the cool and fun ways to beat the summer heat. Here are a few of them:

1. Drink lots of water. This sounds very elementary, right? But many of us tend to neglect this. The recommended number of glasses of water a person has to drink each day under normal conditions is 8, but come summertime, the number needs to go up to 10, at the very least.

2. Take cool baths several times during the day. If that can’t be possible, spray on some hydrating spray. There’s one from All Organics that I particularly like. It contains lemon grass and witchazel, ………….. Not only does it cool me down, it also refreshes me and gives my mood a lift.

3. Wear light clothing and stay away from dark colors as much possible. Dark colors tend to absorb more heat. It would seem as if you’re insulting the weather when you wear your little black dress and sashay around town when it’s 35 degrees Celsius outside.

4. Avoid drinking alcoholic drinks - they make you feel hot, plus they have diuretic properties that may worsen cases of dehydration. It's water, water, and water that you have to drink.

5. It helps to eat fruits that are high in water content, too. Fruits like watermelon, pineapple, and cucumber, and melon are highly recommended. They're in season, too, so they're priced rather affordably.

6. Stay indoors between 8am and 4pm. I know, summertime would be the perfect time to go outdoors, but with the sun glaring it would be wiser to stay inside. Nonetheless, should you need to stay out in the sun for whatever reason, be sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat, a pair of wide sunglasses, and of course, sunblock SPF 30.or higher.

7. Don’t engage in strenuous activities. Doing so can make you sweat profusely, resulting to dehydration.

8. Investing in a mist fan may sound like a sensible idea, but if money is tight, you can always improvise by placing a bowl of ice cubes in front of a turned-on electric fan.

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Jessie Agudo
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Posted on Jun 20, 2010