The heat of summer has arrived! Here are our tips on how to stay cool and beat the heat without an air conditioner.
1. Put your feet in a bucket of cold water.
2. Wet a cloth and place it on your forehead.
3. Wear one layer of light weight clothing.
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4. Use your fan to generate a flow of air. Place cold water in front of it to create an energy efficient air con.
5. Drink lots of water! By the time you are thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, so keep drinking water.
6. Limit caffeine and alcohol as they will increase dehydration.
7. Eat spicy foods or hot cups of tea — it might sound strange, but your sweat will cool your body down.
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8. Jump into the pool! And if you don’t have one, have an ice cold bath or shower (a super quick shower if you’re in Cape Town).
9. Electricity generates heat. Stoves, computers, light bulbs etc — off, off, off!
10. Carpets vs tiled floors? Tiled! If possible, move to the coolest area of your house.
11. Try and stay downstairs. Hot air rises and therefore it’s best to stay in the coolest spot, which is likely to be your bottom floor.
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12. Stay away from protein-rich foods as they heat your body up. Rather eat fruit such as watermelon which is 92% water. An apple is 85% water — even better if you can eat them straight from the fridge.
13. Protect yourself from harmful UV Rays. Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Choose sunglasses that block 90 to 100 per cent of UV rays.
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14. Avoid peak hours of sunlight when the temperatures and UV rays are at their highest, which is normally between 10am. and 2pm.
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