Here in Michigan, Summer came creeping up from behind quickly, and with a story to tell. We were all feeling it as the sun blazed down and the sweat started to form a sticky layer that seemed to become a part of the skin. I had to learn quickly how to adapt to this heat wave, just to be comfortable in my own home. Now I would like to share a few tips and tricks with you on how to survive these coming summer months. After all, this is only the beginning….
First, we will start with some of the obvious:
- Loose-Fitting, Cotton Clothing
It’s breathable and will increase airflow around your body.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
You are roughly 60-70% water. It is vital for regulating body temperature and keeping you cool, especially as these hot summer months can suck the moisture right out of you! (Gotta love that sticky humidity) Be sure to stay extra hydrated, I aim for at least 3 Litres of water a day, if not more. Listen to your body to find what works for you. If you’re one of those people who don’t like the taste of water, try adding fresh fruits and herbs! Experiment with different flavor combos. Here are a few to try out:
- Cucumber + Lemon (Alkalizing and contains Electrolytes!)
- Blueberry + Lavender (High in Antioxidants and Relaxing)
- Watermelon + Mint (Summer in a Cup)
- Strawberry + Lime + Mint (Refreshing Detoxifier)
- Green Tea + Lemon + Ginger (Metabolism Booster)
3. Turn Off and Unplug
Pretty straightforward. Electricity emits heat. Keep the lights off and unplug electronics at night.
4. Hang a Wet Sheet
This might be a new one! Hang a wet sheet in a doorway or on the windows. The air blowing in will pick up moisture from the cloth and quickly cool down the room.
5. Avoid the Stove and Oven
Have you ever cooked something in the oven during a hot summer day and dreaded going into the kitchen after? I would too, having a large appliance emitting waves of 400 degree heat.
Opt for eating more fresh and raw foods, especially ones with high water content to cool down and regulate body temperature (Easy Summer Recipes coming soon!) Some good choices include fruits (Berries, Watermelon, Peaches, Apples…), celery, cucumber, leafy greens, peppermint, and tomatoes.
6. Sleep Outside
I’ve taken a liking to sleeping outside on my porch. It’s much cooler at night, but sometimes the house is left still humid and hot from the day time. Go rustic and set up a tent in your backyard for the night. If camping was never really your style, try glamping! You could even invite some friends over and make a little party out of it.
7. Put your Sheets in the Freezer
Place your sheets in a reusable bag and store in the freezer for a few minutes before you go to sleep. It won’t last all night, but can at least keep you cool while you’re drifting off to sleep.
8. If You’re Sweating, Up your Salt Intake
Salt is a vital mineral for regulating body temperature and has a cooling effect. As you sweat, you lose salt through your pores. If you’re a coffee drinker, you may need salt even more, as it leeches it from your body! Take a small pinch of high quality sea salt (I like Celtic Sea Salt) and add it to your food or water throughout the day.
9. Go Cold Brewed
You could brew coffee or tea traditionally and pour it over ice, but boiling the water could add excess heat to the air.
For Iced Tea, I like to add around 8-10 tea bags to a half gallon container and store it in the fridge overnight.
For Cold-Brew Coffee, add 1 + 1/3 Cup of ground coffee to a jar with 4 cups of water and let sit in the fridge overnight (at least 8 hours). When ready, pour through a fine mesh strainer and serve! It will turn out quite concentrated, so I recommend diluting it to your liking.
10. Exercise… your Green Thumb
You thought I was going to tell you to actually exercise didn’t you?
Did you know there are plants that can help keep your house cool? Most of them are the same ones that remove pollutants and toxins from the air! Bonus!
Just to name a few:
- Snake Plant
- Ferns (especially good for humidity)
- Areca Palm Tree (removes benzene and formaldehyde)
- Ficus Tree
- Aloe Vera (will also come in handy for the sunburn you’ll be getting!)
Have you tried any of these methods, or have tips and tricks of your own? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you!