Saturday, October 22, 2011

Staying Cool

So even though summer is over I still think its useful to know how to stay cool all year round. Some individuals sweat easily others not at all and so on. One important tip that I always try to keep in mind is this- Keeping your neck cool helps regulate your body's overall temperature. 

I am one of those individuals that tends to sweat very easily no matter what the weather is like outside. My core body temperature tends to get high quite often and when it does no amount of fanning will immediately help. What does immediately refresh and cool me down is applying something cold or cool at the base of my neck. Almost instantly I feel a dramatic change in my core body temperature. When you get flustered and hot most often than not your reflex is to fan yourself, then after that doesn't work you try to find something that will cool you off. Rather than looking for a fan or air conditioner or even a piece of paper, find something cold to place on the back of your neck. I guarantee that you will be glad that you tried it out. Even dampening some paper towels and placing them on your neck will give you faster relief quicker than anything else. If you have a water bottle even better, just place it there for a couple of seconds and you will feel better.

I tend to always go through this whenever I straighten my hair which is counterproductive if I am sweating and it becomes puffy. The second I start feeling hot I look for something cold and after a couple of minutes will find that the sweating stops. No one wants to walk around all sweaty, so give my tip a try.

Here are some other ideas for staying cool:

Capsaicin, the chemical that gives hot peppers their kick, increases your body temperature, which in turn causes you to sweat, then cool down. 

 Drinking cold water in extreme heat adjusts body temperature, It increases circulation and may even boost metabolic function, refreshing you from the inside out. So sprinkle some chili powder on some fruits or go visit a Mexican or Indian Restaurant.

If you eat fruit to cool down then you might want to consider this:

Melons are the perfect hot-weather food, they hydrate without bloating and fill you up without making you feel heavy.