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How To Stay Cool In Blistering Hot Temperatures

Cooling Advice


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Cooling tips and simple advice to help ease the discomfort and health problems brought about by rising temperatures. Ways to stay cool...

  1. Slow Your Pace - Don't over exert yourself. If you must engage yourself physically, slow your pace and choose the coolest time of day to do so.
  2. Stay Indoors - If there is no air-conditioning in the home, avoid the upper floors. Remember, heat naturally rises.
  3. Drink Plenty of Water - Avoid dehydrating beverages (caffeinated drinks and alcohol). Iced herbal teas or healthy juice bars can be quite refreshing.
  4. Wear White - Choose white or lighter color clothing over black and darker shades that tend to absorb the heat, whereas white reflects the heat.
  5. Eat Less - Avoid eating large meals. Eating more frequently with smaller portions will be more easily digested. No need to stress your body further during a heat spell with a sluggish tummy.
  6. Rest - Lay down for a few minutes with a refrigerated face mask to refresh your body.
  7. Install a De-humidfier in your living quarters. Sticky humidty in the air factors into heat discomfort.
  8. Quick Cool Down Remedy - Apply ice packs or cold compresses to your pulse points.


  1. Do you still iron your clothes? Set up your ironing board in the basement where it is cooler and have a fan blowing your direction.
  2. Although fans do not lower tempatures, they will help circulate stagnant air and do help cool the body by evaporating sweat.
  3. Heat exhaustion and possible heatstroke symptoms include mental confusion, rapid pulse and heartbeat, dilated pupils, rapid and shallow breathing, either elevated or lowered blood pressure and unconsciousness.
  4. If you must run errands, be sure to take a bottle of water with you or keep a cooler in your car.
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