Health & Safety
Top 10 Tips To Keep Cool This Summer
- 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 increases metabolic heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wear lightweight, light-coloured cotton clothes. Synthetic fibres trap heat, but cotton absorbs perspiration and its evaporation causes you to feel cooler. The light colours reflect the sun’s radiation.
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Sleep on a feather or down pillow with a cotton pillowcase, synthetic pillows will retain heat.
- Keep bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you are ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you will have a supply of cold water with you.
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible or cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the room’s temperature.
- Gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when turned off so reduce the total heating of the house (and save energy!) by keeping plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use.
- Do not forget to wear and reapply sunscreen throughout the day!