The Best Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer
Everyone adores summer, from breakfast on the patio to evening strolls during warm summer nights. Some summer days can be warm and pleasant, perfect for you if you're a seasoned hiker. Summer temperatures can easily go from pleasant to dangerous, so you have to take measures to stay safe and healthy. Heat-related illnesses kill many Americans yearly, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
- Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms that occur as a result of being exposed to extreme heat.
- Excessive sweating, an increase in body temperature, and a lack of hydration can all combine to induce heat exhaustion.
- Heat stroke occurs when heat exhaustion becomes severe and your body temperature rises too high. Your body is unable to function in such a hot and humid environment. If not treated promptly with medical treatment, this condition may be deadly.
Extreme heat is the culprit behind these illnesses. The body's temperature rises as it cannot cool itself down. Here are some common risk factors:
- Age (Extreme heat can be especially harmful for senior citizens and children.)
- Medical conditions, such as respiratory, circulatory, or heart issues.
- Certain medications
Dehydration is exacerbated in dry climates because you won't always be aware that you are dehydrated. Sweating is a good indicator of heat dangers. However, in an arid environment, sweat evaporates quickly, so you won't notice how hot you are right away. In addition to sweltering heat, summer has intense sunlight. As a result, the likelihood of sunburn rises. Sunscreen is necessary. If you're more sensitive to burns, consider wearing light-weight and white clothing to shield yourself from additional harm.
9 Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer
Keeping cool in the summer is critical to staying safe. Here are some ways to make the summer months comfortable and enjoyable.
1. Hydration is the Key
Water is critical to a stable internal body temperature. Men should consume 125 ounces (3.7 liters) of water each day, while women should drink 91 ounces (2.7 liters) each day, according to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
You can rapidly become dehydrated if you don't drink enough water. And when you combine a little heat with it, the problem can quickly get out of hand. Furthermore, when you overheat, your body sweats — its natural cooling method. This sweating also consumes water. According to research, being thirsty indicates that you are already dehydrated. So on those scorching hot days when the sun is merciless, keep yourself hydrated and stay out of the sun.
2. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
Yes, this is a hard one, but coffee actually dehydrates you. Why? Caffeine is a diuretic that causes you to lose water from your body.
Do you need that fragrant cup of coffee to kickstart your day? In most cases, yes. However, try to avoid consuming any caffeine throughout the day. You will not dehydrate yourself this way. If you must have a cup of coffee, make sure you drink plenty of water to compensate for the water you will lose.
3. Dress for the Summer
Wear loose, comfortable clothes rather than tight, heavy clothing to prevent overheating. Wearing lighter clothes will let you breathe easier. Also, swap your dark-colored apparel for lighter colors. Dark colors hold more heat than light hues do.
4. Don't Stay Too Long Under the Sun
During the dog days of summer, taking precautions to avoid the sun may sound counterintuitive. However, you should not spend too long outside, especially around noon to mid-afternoon, if you want to stay cool and avoid the heat. That is when the sun is at its most powerful and hottest.
5. Simple Things can Keep You Cool
When the heat becomes too overwhelming, there are a few simple methods to relax. Showers with cold or chilly water are one option. Another alternative is to apply an ice pack on pressure points, such as your neck or wrists. The application of an ice-cold compress can rapidly chill sensitive areas.
Another surefire method to stay cool in the heat is to jump into a pool or run through a sprinkler. You can also stay beneath a tree or an umbrella to escape direct sunlight. A personal or large-area mister can also be used to cool down.
You can cool off in our neighborhood pool, engage in water activities, or just unwind in our cabanas and outdoor seating areas at Liv Multifamily.
6. Try to Cook Outdoors and Eat Cold Foods
Preparing a tasty meal on the stove or in the oven should be avoided on a hot day. These appliances will add heat to your home, making it more uncomfortable. Instead, consider grilling burgers outdoors; this is a great option!
You may also consume cold meals like fruits, veggies, cold meats, and sandwiches. Watermelon, cucumbers, and strawberries with a high water content are excellent for keeping you hydrated while munching!
7. AC is the Best!
Air-conditioning is the most effective way to chill your environment. Just turn it on and enjoy. A humidifier will make everything better when paired with your AC. Air conditioners perform at their best when the air is not too dry, so adding that bit of moisture can make a world of difference.
If you don't have air conditioning, ceiling fans or battery-operated hand-held fans can also help to cool you down during the summer. Another option is to go shopping at a mall or cinema. You may stay cool by taking advantage of the air conditioning while enjoying some movies or shopping.
Here at Liv Multifamily Communities, we provide air-conditioned apartments with ceiling fans to keep you cool. We also have a variety of community services, such as air-conditioned communal indoor spaces where you may spend your summer days socializing with your neighbors and playing pool. Don't forget about the numerous activities accessible in our neighborhoods, with plenty of activities and events that will add variety to your summer!
8. Choose Your Cold Deserts Carefully
Ice cream and the summer heat are like peanut butter and jelly. However, there are several other methods to keep cool. Ice cream is high in fat and difficult to digest, so your body must work harder to break it down. That will cause it to produce more heat for a longer time, making you uncomfortable in the long run. Switch the ice cream cone for popsicles, frozen yogurt, or Italian ice. These chilly desserts are easier to digest, and you won't overheat as easily.
9. Eat in Small Amounts
Consider last year's Thanksgiving. Though you were completely happy, you probably were full and uncomfortably hot as you digested that turkey. It takes more energy for your body to break down a big meal than a small one. As a result, your body temperature rises. You can eat 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day instead of 3 big ones. That way, you'll stay cooler as your body digests them.
Beat the Heat at Liv Multifamily Communities
You can escape the summer heat at Liv Multifamily Communities and still enjoy all of the excitement that summer has to offer! Don't let summer's sweltering heat put you off. You can have the best of both worlds at Liv Multifamily: enjoy the summer months while remaining secure in the hot weather. Visit one of our six communities now!