Beat the heat with these cool tips

Oct 16, 2018
  1. Go Easy On the Fabric Softener

Fabric softener clings to fabric fibres, which makes your cotton clothing less breathable and wickable, Indian researchers say. This results in more trapped body heat, and more dark circles underneath your armpits.

  1. Close Your Blinds

Unshaded windows allow sunlight to creep in and heat up your office or home. Closing your curtains and blinds can knock down the amount of heat your space will absorb by up to 45 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

  1. Chill Your Cheeks and Feet

Your cheeks and the soles of your feet are packed with blood vessels that don’t contract in the presence of cold.

Apply an ice pack or a cool, damp cloth to these areas. You’ll lower your body temperature 50 percent more after 5 minutes than you would have by applying the same cold compresses to your neck and armpits, finds a Stanford University study.

  1. Drink More Water

Even mild dehydration can mess with your body’s ability to regulate its core temperature, shows research from the University of North Carolina.

You can tell if you’re dehydrated by checking your urine. If it’s a pale straw or transparent yellow colour, you’re drinking enough water, says the Cleveland Clinic. Any darker and you need to guzzle more H2O.

  1. Ah, Screw It—Just Wait It Out

Australian and American scientists have found that humans have the ability to adapt pretty quickly (within a week or two) to hot or cold environments.

If you can suffer through a couple weeks without AC, the heat should bother you a lot less going forward, their research indicates.


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