Staying Cool in Summer Heat
After a long, cold, and rainy spring, the summer is finally here, and now it seems to be too hot. I offer you my collection of smart ideas on how to survive in a very hot weather that we have been collecting from magazines, internet and from friends for several years. Enjoy!
- If you anticipate being outside in the heat for an extended period of time, make sure to pack extra water.
- Over hydrate! When you are thirsty, it means that your body is already dehydrated. Water, sun tea, green juices, and green smoothies are the best way to hydrate. Stay away from anything with caffeine or alcohol, as they expedite the urination process, which makes your body lose more fluids.
- Ball up and soak a t-shirt in the sink, wring it out, put it on. Re-wet as it dries. In Southern Oregon where I live, the temperature in the summer often reaches 110’F. Using this wet t-shirt method allows me not to use air conditioning even on the hottest days.
- If you don’t want to have your entire body be wet, you may wear a short sleeved shirt and put water on the sleeves. If you are outside and wearing long pants and you put water on your legs, the water will cool your legs.
- Fill your bathtub with cool water and get in. Your body will stay cool for a long time after you get out. I have a horse trough filled with cold water on my porch in the shade of a big tree. Sometimes on a hot day I may take a cold plunge every two hours.
- To quickly cool off, soak your feet in a bucket of cold water. You can do it almost anywhere. The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, so cooling any of these will efficiently cool the body.
- Try mint to cool your skin. Soak a sprig of mint in a quart jar overnight or add a few drops of mint essential oil to it. Then spray the minty water onto your skin using a spray bottle. Avoid your face and eyes, as mint can cause irritation. Shower with peppermint soap and use a minty water for your foot soak,. Mint refreshes the skin and leaves a nice cooling sensation
- Point a fan into a large bowl or platter filled with ice water and ice cubes, or frozen water bottles. The cooler air will go out! This can help work as a temporary AC system. Note that this is not any more efficient that A/C, as energy goes into freezing the ice.
- Eat spicy food, such as ginger or cayenne. It's not a coincidence that many people in hotter regions of the world eat spicy food. Spicy (hot to the taste) food increases perspiration which cools the body as it evaporates.
- Think cool. Read books about climbing Mount Everest, visiting Norway, or watch "March of the Penguins", "Ice Age", or "The Day After Tomorrow". You might not be physically cooler, but if your mind envisions a cold environment, you might feel a bit cooler.
- Set up a water misting system that connects to an ordinary garden hose that can be found at home improvement stores. Then, just sit there and let the mist cool you off.
- Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber (from the fridge or a cooler) and stick it in the middle of your forehead! This feels fantastic on a hot day or when stuck in a hot car, and works almost immediately!
- Turn off the hot stuff. Switch off your computer and lights when not in use
- Prepare sun tea. Leave some herbs such as mint, hibiscus, calendula, chamomile, or simply herb tea bags in a glass jar of water and let it warm on the window sill or on a deck for 2-4 hours.
- Eat small, light meals, and foods high in water content, such as fruits & vegetables. Don’t forget the organic frozen banana ice cream and tasty easy-to-make popsicles. (please see the recipes below) Remember too to keep the fridge closed as much as possible--the more it's open, the more energy it uses and the more heat it releases.
Live Popsicles with a Crunch
To make the popsicles:
1. Blend the ingredients in a blender.
2. Stir in the last ingredient listed for texture.
3. Pour into small paper cups and freeze for six hours.
3 cups cubed watermelon
5 pitted dates
1 lemon, juiced
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 medium bananas
1 Thai coconut (water and meat)
3 pitted dates
1 stalk (rib) celery, thinly chopped
|Spicy Chunky Pineapple
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
1 cup apple juice
1 lemon, juiced
½ jalapeno pepper
1 cup thinly chopped pineapple
||Creamy Crunchy Mango
3 mangos peeled and seeded
½ ripe avocado
6 pitted dates
1 lemon, juiced
¼ cup crushed walnuts
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