With record breaking temperatures across the country as temperatures soar, it is essential for us to know how to make the most of the long, hot summer days. Here are ways to keep your cool in the heat wave:
- Slow down and avoid strenuous activity which will stimulate your body and raise its core temperature. If you must go jogging, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually before 7am.
- 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 increase metabolic heat.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks like soda and canned juice can make you more thirsty, so stay away from those as much as possible in the heat.
- 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. Heat is trapped by synthetic fibres, but cotton absorbs perspiration and its evaporation causes you to feel cooler. The light colours reflect the sun's radiation.
- Women should replace their usual body moisturiser with a cooling aloe vera after sun product to use morning and night. This will help lower your skin temperature.