10 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

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This summer is expected to be one of the hottest on record. Now, more than ever, it’s important to stay hydrated. Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.

1 Our bodies consist of nearly 60% water, with the heart and brain around 73% and lungs a whopping 83%. It may sound counterintuitive, but we need to keep drinking water and other fluids to stay healthy. Drink at least eight cups per day to stay pleasantly lubricated.

2 Jump in the lake, pool, or ocean. When you come out, sit under a shady tree or beach umbrella.

3 Eat more fresh fruit. Hydrating foods such as watermelon, cucumber, and tomatoes are especially helpful since they contain at least 90% water. Avoid too much alcohol or caffeine, which can be dehydrating.

4 Lick a frozen popsicle. The less sugar the better. Make your own with fresh fruit, such as strawberries and coconut, or try a veggie/fruit combo. Blend, freeze, and eat. Or simply freeze whole grapes, blueberries, or raspberries and pop ’em like candy for a healthy treat.

5 Wear breathable, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Man-made fabrics like nylon are great for sweat
wicking. Linen allows great airflow and is anti-microbial, so it won’t smell if it absorbs moisture.

6 Tend the garden and work outside during the cooler summer hours before 11:00 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. Go on a night hike and howl at the moon.

7 Consume light meals. Heavy foods weigh you down, while lighter fare keeps you cooler. Try cold summer soups, such as gazpacho. They taste sublime and help you stay light on your feet.

8 Signs of dehydration include a dry mouth, headaches, dizziness, and thirst. Sports drinks with electrolytes help replenish lost salts, sugars, and fluids.

9 Dip your feet and ankles in cool water. Even a bathtub will do. Then, apply a cold, wet towel to pulse points on your wrists and neck. Ooh la la, c’est magnifique!

10 Refrigerate your skin products for a few hours before use. Then, spray a little facial mist or apply
cool coconut lotion. You’ll smell great and beat the heat.