Beat the heat: ways to stay cool in the sweltering summer heat

Here are some ways to beat the heat

Everyone loves a bright sunny day and warm weather. But even those who wait eagerly to welcome summers would agree that heatwaves can be quite miserable. Things seem fine till the time you have to stay indoors.

Stepping out on a hot summer day can be a real challenge. The sweat and heat can easily lead to dehydration and make you feel lethargic. Here are 6 heatwave hacks to help you cool down in the summer.

Stay hydrated

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Staying hydrated is the simple rule of surviving the summer heat. Drinking water helps to maintain the amount of fluid in your body which is lost easily in the form of sweat. Consuming 2 litres of water is important for every individual in all the weather. In summers you need to do a little bit more due to easy water loss from the body. Have juice, coconut water and hydrating fruits.

​Take a lukewarm shower

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Taking a cold shower in hot weather seems relaxing and comforting, but scientists suggest that this makes you feel even hotter. That’s because when you take a cool shower your body has to work harder to warm up again. Studies suggest that warm water cools your bloodstream. So, opting for it is a better option.

Avoid tea and coffee

Caffeine and nicotine intake can also increase the body’s core temperature. They constrict the blood vessels which warms the blood and makes you feel hot and sweaty. Have cool beverages like coconut water, lemon water and fruit juices. Even excessive intake of alcohol should be avoided.

Eat light meals

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Eating heavy meals can also generate heat in the body and make you feel uncomfortable. After a large meal, your body has to work harder to digest the food and metabolise it. This eventually increases your core temperature and makes you feel sweaty and lethargic afterwards. Consume light and freshly cooked meals in the summers. Cut down on processed food and intake of salty foods.

Cool your toes

If you are feeling excessively hot then an easy way to bring your temperature down is by cooling your toes. Putting wet clothes and soaking your feet in cool water for some time can relax you and make you feel less hot. You can also wear wet socks for a while.

​Wear loose cotton clothes

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Wearing tight fitted and dark coloured clothes can make you more sweaty. If you intend to stay cool and avoid excessive sweating, opt for loose, light-coloured cotton clothes. Your sweat does not evaporate when you wear thick clothes. Besides, dark colours absorb more wavelengths of light, making you feel hotter.

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