With temperatures on the rise, keeping cool is important. Here are a few low-tech tips to keep cool this summer.
1. Wear Clothing Made of Natural Fabrics: Natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and hemp 'breathe' better and wick away moisture.
2. Eat Cool: Meals like salads and sandwiches are best as protein rich meals can warm up your body. Cooking with the oven or stove also heats up the house.
3. Stay Hydrated: Drink more water than usual and consider electrolyte replacement drinks if sweating a lot. Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided as these promote dehydration.
4. Cool Off with Water: Taking a cool shower, soaking your feet in cold water or placing a cool, wet bandana around your neck helps your body cool. Also, have a spray bottle of water in the refrigerator to spritz yourself with.
5. Head for Cooler Places: When the home heats up, head for the basement. Or you can plan trips to the library, museums or theater - these are great places to cool off during the hottest part of the day.