12 hot tips to stay cool in the heatwave!
This weekend the weather has been particularly warm. It is important to stay cool and hydrated. Here 12 hots tips to help you survive the uncomfortable temperatures!
- 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.
- Run your wrists under a cold tap for five seconds each every couple of hours it helps cool the blood.
- Eat spicy food. Curries and chillies can enhance circulation and cause sweating cooling the body down.
- Take a tepid bath or shower just below body temperature, especially before bedtime. After a cold shower your body generates heat to compensate for the heat loss.
- Wear lightweight, light-coloured cotton clothes. Heat is trapped by synthetic fibres, but cotton absorbs perspiration. The light colours reflect the sun’s radiation.
- While you’re out, keep the house curtains drawn to stop it heating up like a greenhouse.
- Avoid alcohol because it dehydrates the body. You are better off with mineral water or low-sugar fizzy drinks. Also, avoid drinks with caffeine such as coffee and colas.
- Women should replace their usual body moisturiser with a cooling aloe vera aftersun product to use morning and night. This will help lower your skin temperature.
- Get some Mentholatum Migraine Ice patches. These soft gel patches – designed to soothe headaches – instantly reduce skin temperature when applied. They can be found in chemists.
- Sleep on a feather or down pillow with a cotton pillowcase. Synthetic pillows will retain heat.
- The night before you go out for the day in the sun, roll up some damp flannels and pop them in the freezer. Take them with you in a plastic bag then when you feel hot unwrap them and put on your face.
- 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. Cold sheets straight from the fridge should help you sleep better.
Sit back, close your eyes and picture snow! The body reacts to daydreams so will reduce temperature.