Wonderful ways to stay cool
Fall may be fast approaching, but you wouldn’t know it with the way temperatures currently are in the Central Valley. Instead of cool, cloudy days, we’re still in the midst of 90-degree misery.
As a result, you should take these necessary steps to keep cool on these hot afternoons. Here are a few tips to accomplish this end:
1) Drink plenty of water.
Staying hydrated should be No. 1 on anyone’s list when it comes to staying cool, and it should really go without saying.
But you might be surprised at how many people choose dehydrating beverages like soda or alcohol instead on a hot day. Stick with water; your body will thank you.
2) Eat spicy food.
This may sound like the last thing you want to do on a hot day, but it’s actually a very simple way to keep yourself cool, and will do so more effectively than the classic ice cream cone.
Eating spicy food makes you sweat, and sweat cools down your body. This is in contrast to something like ice cream, which will only result in your body temperature rising as compensation for the cold treat.
3) Wear loose-fitting cotton.
Cotton allows for air circulation better than any other fabric, which makes it both lightweight and breathable.
This combination is sure to help keep you cool by absorbing sweat and allowing air to pass through the clothing. For even better results, wear light-colored cotton to keep from absorbing heat.
4) Close the curtains.
If you find yourself cooped up in your room on a hot day, this is your best course of action. Leaving the curtains open and allowing sunlight in will result in a greenhouse effect: Your room will slowly become hotter than an oven.
I know it can be tempting to get out of the dark and enjoy the sunshine, but you’ll thank yourself later when your room isn’t 90 degrees.
5) Be smart with your fans.
If you’re trying to save some money by turning off the air conditioning, fans are your next best option. Instead of just turning them all on and pointing them at you, though, you would do well to point a box fan out the window to suck some of that heat out of your residence.
With ceiling fans, you should consider hitting that little switch to counter-clockwise for a similar effect: Instead of blowing hot air around you, the fan will suck the air up and out.
Fall (and hopefully rain!) cannot come fast enough. In the meantime, take these steps to fight back against the heat. Stay cool, Tigers.
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