Tips for Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat

   It is now officially summer and everyone is looking for ways to stay cool while the sun bears down on us. It’s going to be hot, humid, and dry weather among other things that cause our bodies to overheat quickly and dehydrate. There are plenty of ways to avoid this as we go into the summer without spending a lot of money and to help keep us cool outside as we are working and playing. Everyone needs a good dose of vitamin D that the sun and being outside can provide. Trying to stay cool while doing it can be a challenge for some people. We all know that it’s going to be a hotter and drier summer now that spring has passed. So I’ve put together some tips on keeping cool in the summer heat for everyone and I hope it is beneficial to everyone.

Staying Hydrated

   Everyone knows it is a must, to stay hydrated during the summer months. We should all be backing off of the cold drinks and keep water in supply wherever we go. It’s a good idea to drink at least 6 to 8, eight ounce glasses of water a day. While it is hotter during the summer than any part of the year, ice tends to melt quickly and water seems to get hot faster. To help prevent this from happening too fast and to help keep your drinks cool, here are a few suggestions:

     1. Invest in a Hydroflask. This will help keep your drinks cool during the hottest part of the year. It is also an item that can be used year around to keep all your drinks hot or cold. Since it can be used all year around, it is the perfect investment. 

     2. Make you and your family some water infusions with fresh fruits and vegetables. It helps get the water in your body while also curbing the sweet tooth you may want from cold drinks. Some perfect examples of this are: Summer lemonade – with strawberry, lemon, and mint.

Citrus – with orange and lime.

Hawaiian – with strawberry and pineapple.

Fresh Water – with cucumber, lemon, and mint.

  You can mix these up any way you like with the fruits of your choice. When you have them put together in a mason jar or a pitcher, leave them in the refrigerator overnight so the fruits and vegetables infuse with the water before drinking.


Wraps and Towels

   A good investment would be cooling towels or wraps. They help bring your body temperature down when outside often. These help when your body overheats, to maintain your body temperature and cool your body down when working and playing outside. Items I found helpful while trying to beat the summer heat:

     1. There always a place where you can buy bandannas to wet and wrap around your neck. It helps a great deal if you are out in the sun all day as long as you can wet it frequently.

     2. There are also cooling wraps like Frogg Toggs. They help to keep your body cool by 20 to 30 degrees when you are outside in the sun. 

     3. Putting your feet or body in a cool body of water like a creek or lake when you are out playing helps a lot as well. The coolness of the water helps to keep your body cool and helps it to cool down when it gets too hot.

Eat Less

   Most people eat less during the summer months just because it is too hot to eat at all. That’s when you need to eat more fruits and vegetables that are packed with water. You can spread your meals and snacks out throughout the day. Fruits and vegetables help with your daily fluid intake. Things you can load up on while trying to still maintain a healthy diet are:

     1. Tomatoes

     2. Cucumbers

     3. Oranges

     4. Watermelon


Dress Smart

   You want to avoid any clothes that trap in heat and moisture. During the summer months it is a good idea to buy clothes that are moisture wicking or climate controlled. With these at your disposal, you will be able to spend more time comfortably outdoors. The lighter colors are also good to wear as they do not trap in heat like the darker colors.

     1. Under Armour Shirts are good for moisture wicking. 

     2. Look for anything that says climate controlled for other shirts, clothing, and accessories.

Take Care of Your Feet

   It is always important to care for your feet when outdoors. You want to keep them dry while also keeping them cool. There are some ways to keep your feet cool during the summer as well as keeping them dry:

     1. Socks are important when outside in shoes. You do not want to get blisters while on your journey doing what you love to do when you are outdoors. You also want to keep your feet cool while hiking, camping, or taking pictures. 

     2. Peppermint spray or creams. This also helps to keep your feet cool and also moisturizes your feet in between wearing your shoes. 

Protect Your Skin and Eyes

   You want to make sure you protect you skin and eyes while out in the sun. Replenishing your skin is a great idea and you will want to apply this after a shower and before bedtime. While doing so in between any time during the day as you see needed. While you are out in the sun, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen to help protect your skin from getting too much sun. We often do not realize the damage done while spending our days outside. Your eyes are a very important part of you too. While the only protection we can get for them is sunglasses, it’s also important to protect them as well. A few items on your list for spending the day outside are:

     1. Sunscreen. Apply liberally or as you see fit throughout the day. A good sports sunscreen is always helpful as when you sweat or get wet it does not come off so easily. 


     2. Moisturizer to replenish your skin. This is important as it keeps your skin from drying out and helps to replenish any damage done by the sun. Look for products with aloe, Shea butter, or coconut butter, that help to ease sunburn. 

     3. Sunglasses. These are important for protecting your eyes. Find something that helps to block out the harmful UV rays that you get from being outside.

   As you can see there are several ways to keep cooler during the summer months as well as protecting your body against the damage that can be caused by the sun. Several of the tips should help you and your family to stay cool during the hottest part of the year whether you are hiking, camping, photographing, or working outside. Just make sure you stay hydrated and you have eaten before you go. Take care of your body while you can. It will pay off in the long run.



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