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8 Hacks To Keep Your Body Cool In Summer

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Ways to bring down that icky, sweaty feeling in the scorching heat

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Summer in most parts of India feels like you’re passing through hellfire. How many times have you felt like putting your head into the freezer in a desperate attempt to change the status quo? Too many to count? Worry not because we come bearing effective ways to cool things down this summer!

1. BREATHABLE CLOTHES

Summer Clothes

Sweat’s our body’s natural response to heat: The body cools you down when the internal temperature swings a bit too high by sweating. Sweating is unavoidable in a country like ours. So, your next best move? Choosing clothes that are climate-appropriate! Pick clothes with breezy fits, meaning, nothing clingy. Go for fabrics like linen, cotton, rayon or light-weight denim. Chambray (a cotton plain-weave fabric made with a dyed warp yarn and a white filling yarn) is a great option too. It is similar to denim strictly in terms of appearance, but is much lighter and softer—and therefore, ideal for hot weather.

2. SUMMER FOOTWEAR

Flip Flops

From boat shoes and loafers to low-top sneakers, sandals and flip flops—these are the most sensible shoes/footwear to wear during hotter months. Just do us all a favour though (and your shoes and feet too): Wear no-show socks, please! Except with flip-flops of course! Duh.

3. STAY HYDRATED

Man pouring water

The human body is a masterpiece in engineering. It self-regulates the body temperature. When it gets too hot, the sweat glands get to work to maintain a temperature of 37°C, and when you are in winter wonderland, its heating powers kick in so that you don’t freeze. Amazing, isn’t it? The more water you pump into your body, the better it can regulate this process and most of our bodily functions. It’s not like you’re going to suddenly sweat more if you drink more water. Just the recommended eight glasses a day is more than enough. Drink a little more if you’re someone who sweats profusely anyway in order to avoid dehydration, keeping your body cool and in top form. 

4. DITCH THE CAFFEINE AND BOOZE

Coffee

Forgo your morning coffee, if you can. Or at least get a decaf one, as caffeine is said to aid metabolism, which in-turn increases body temperature. Alcohol on the other hand, is a diuretic. Meaning, it causes your body to remove fluids from your blood through your renal system (your kidneys, ureters and bladder)—at a much quicker rate than other liquids. If you don’t drink enough H20 with alcohol, you can become dehydrated quickly. If you still want to drink, keep sipping water in-between. 

5. EAT SENSIBLY 

A healthy meal

Having large meals loaded with carbs and protein produce more heat in the body. So, eat smaller portions and include lots of fruits, salads, veggies and leafy greens into your summer meals.

6. DON’T WORKOUT IN THE HEAT

Man working out

If you’re the guy who likes to go hard while training, make sure you choose cooler mornings or evenings to exercise outdoors. Wear sweat-proof outfits and carry a hand-held water bottle while clocking in the kilometres on the treadmill or the park.

7. SUMMER DRINKS 

A glass of coconut water

We get that chugging water can be a tad boring. So, to keep things interesting and refreshing you can also have—a glass or two of tender-coconut water, a glass of buttermilk or sip on fruit-infused water the whole day.

8. SWAP YOUR GROOMING PRODUCTS

Man using skin care products

Come summer, you want your skin-care products to be light and non-greasy. Something that doesn’t clog your pores and make you all hot and bothered (not in a good way). Switch your body butter to a light-weight body lotion, your creamy moisturiser to a serum and go for a water-based sunscreen.

Take a shower, throw on the linen shirt and the loafers and get a bottle of infused water while on the go to beat the summer heat.

 

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