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Keeping Cool While the Weather Heats Up

by Erin Steiner May 21st, 2008 | Diet, Exercise, First Aid
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Here in Oregon the weather has been unseasonably cool…until today when it shot up to 95 degrees. While I was excited to see the (finally) warmer temperature, I realized that because my apartment has no air conditioning I once again will have to find natural ways to keep cool. I thought that I would share the following info, as heat stroke is a very serious condition and it won’t be long before it becomes a daily concern.

Here are natural ways to keep your body cool this summer:

1. Drink plenty of water. You might consider upping your water intake from the usual 8 to 10 glasses a day to 10 to 12. A lot of that water is going to be lost via sweat, and you want to make sure that you don’t dehydrate. Water is also a natural coolant for your insides!

2. Exercise earlier in the morning and later in the evening. Dawn and dusk are the best times for exercise during the summer because it is light out and the heat either has yet to arrive or has started to dissipate.

3. Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Lighter meals of fresh fruit and vegetables will not only save you the time of standing over a hot stove or diving into a hot oven to retrieve a baked dish, the coolness of the fruit and salad will help cool you down!

4. If you wear hats, pour some cool or cold water into the hat and then turn it inside out when you put it back on your head. This will help you keep your head cool during the day!

5. Avoid direct sunlight and surfaces like asphalt which can store and radiate heat. During the hottest part of the day, stay inside with a fan and some ice water.

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