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Play It Cool: Little Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

Beat the fast-approaching summer heat



It’s a slow crawl towards the summer months, but one thing’s for certain: the telltale rise in warmth is already demanding to be felt. The mornings are hotter, the afternoon sun even less forgiving and the temperature on a steady climb. Despite the summer rolling around every year, it seems the onset doesn’t get any easier: it’s a constant cycle of losing layers, turning up the fan and doing our very best to stay cool.


But hey, it isn’t impossible. In fact, there are many more ways to keep our cool in the summer than we might realize. Up ahead, we count the ways:


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Switch to cotton

Soft and breathable, cotton is easily one of the best fabrics for beating the heat. It goes without saying that your blazers and outerwear are better off being parked in the back of your closet in the meantime, but if you’re particularly attached to your outerwear, consider picking up options in cotton. The same goes for your bedsheets and blankets: swap them all out for a lightweight fabric for a better, less sweaty sleep.


Put the drinks on hold

There’s no easy way to say this, but when it comes to combating high temperatures, you’re better off skipping on the coffee and alcohol. Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks are diuretic, meaning they’ll make you urinate more often. This can lead to higher chances of dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Instead of that cocktail or your morning cup, reach for a glass of water.


Eat your water

Speaking of water, an icy glass of the stuff isn’t the only source of hydration you can turn to this summer. There’s no better time to snack on water-rich food than the hot, humid months ahead. Tweak your shopping lists to include more of the following this season: cucumbers, watermelons, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and broccoli. 


Vitamin C

Multiple studies have shown a relation between Vitamin C and a person’s ability to adjust to high temperatures. Regularly taking ascorbic acid reduces chances of heat stress, which is a very real possibility with the incoming shifts in the weather. 


Go green

If you’ve ever found yourself contemplating about becoming a plant parent, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for. Surrounding yourself with plants is known to bring a whole list of benefits from a more positive environment to higher levels of productivity, but another big plus to keeping plants inside is that they do a fantastic job at regulating heat. Looking for a place to start? Aloe vera, areca palm and money plants are common choices for keeping the living space nice and cool.



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The warmer months are coming in hot, but consider yourself prepped. Keep calm, stay safe and make the most of the summer!



Words Cessi Treñas

Art Matthew Fetalver

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