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Cool Ideas to Beat the Heat

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This week, most of the country is sizzling in the bright sunshine with record breaking temperatures that aren't expected to break until the weekend. Many are scrambling to find ways to beat the heat. If you are trying to stay cool--no sweat, here are some inexpensive and easy ways to stay cool:

• To create an instant cool draft, put a bowl of ice In front of your fan. (Also, you can put a towel underneath the bowl to catch the sweat.)

• If you want to cool your bed, fill a hot water bottle with ice water. Use it to cool your ankles and back of your knees.

• Before bed, put your sheets in plastic bag and toss them in the freezer for an hour or two.

• Put a box fan in your window facing out and open another window or two in another part of the house. This creates a cool draft of moving air. (Only do this morning and evening hours when the temperature drops.)

• Keep the curtains closed. Close your blinds, shades and curtains to shield heat from getting in the house.

• Wear loose, lightweight cotton or linen clothing.

• Cool off your pulse points by running cold water over your wrist for a minute or so each hour. You can splash water on your temples or face.

• Don’t underestimate the power of H20. Drink a glass of cold water every 15 to 20 minutes – even if you’re not thirsty.

• Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Both are diuretics and can cause your body to lose water.

• Eat less. The bigger your dinner, the more your body has to work to digest it. Eat smaller meals more often and avoid hot food. Eat cool foods like watermelon, cantaloupe, Jell-O, or other fruits.

• Eat to sweat. Spicy foods like Indian make you sweat without actually raising body temperature. Thanks to a chemical called capsaicin (found in hot peppers). Once your skin is damp, you'll feel cooled by its evaporation.

• Use your microwave. Microwaves direct most of their energy into the food, which means less heat in your kitchen.

• Get grilling. It will keep the heat outside where it belongs.

• Save money on your energy bill. Use someone else’s AC.

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Hi MC,
Great article, and some fun ideas to beat the heat! Your article reminded me of the hot Summers in Chicago growing up. We didn't have air conditioning, and my mom used to take me to the library for some relief. There's a picture to prove it. It probably helped develop my love of books and writing. There also is nothing like a cool drink of lemonade or sun tea on a hot day.

July 8, 2010 - 10:32am
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