Healthy Habits

Beat the Heat

Content Provided by the GBS Health & Wellness Team

With summer comes more time having fun in the sun! There are many ways to stay cool when the temperature starts to rise. From beverage choices to pressure points, discover how to help beat the heat and learn some new and creative ways to keep cool this summer.

Drink coconut water. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things we can do, especially during the summer. Try coconut water in place of a sugary drink for a refreshing, slightly sweet drink. Coconut water contains electrolytes and is high in vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Utilize pressure points to cool down. There are many cooling points on the body, and applying a cold rag to the main pressure points can help quickly cool body temperatures. The most effective areas are the wrist and neck as they contain pulse points where blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin. Other effective areas are the shoulders, forehead, and soles of the feet.

Wear thin, light-colored clothing. Try wearing light, loose, and thin clothing, such as cotton, linen, and chambray. These will help the sweat evaporate and the body to naturally cool.

Avoid caffeine. Caffeine can increase your body temperature. Opt for an unsweetened (decaffeinated) iced tea or iced turmeric “golden” latte during the hot summer months.

Use peppermint essential oils. Peppermint contains menthol which gives a natural cooling effect. Fill a spray bottle with water and peppermint oil and spray the mixture on the back of the neck, shoulders, wrists, forehead, or feet to beat the heat.

Keep the car cool. When possible, park in the shade or utilize a sunshade. Avoid a hot steering wheel and seats by covering them with a towel, and leave the windows slightly cracked to promote ventilation.

Aloe ice cubes. Too much sun? Pour aloe vera gel into an ice cube tray and freeze the gel for at least two hours. Once frozen, remove the aloe vera cubes from the tray and rub on skin for an after-sun soother.

Soak sheets in water. Soak a sheet, blanket, or towel in cold water. Squeeze out as much water as possible or run it through the spin cycle to remove excess moisture. When in bed, place a dry towel or sheet underneath your body and cover yourself using the damp sheet, blanket, or towel.

DIY air conditioner. Place a bowl of ice or ice water in front of a portable fan and turn the fan to high. Enjoy the icy cold air flow!

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