Stay Cool This Summer

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Summer is here, and in the state of Texas that means making it through those 100 degree days. When you’re out doing yard work or enjoying your favorite cocktail on the patio, it’s always a good idea to keep yourself cool. Here are a few great tips to keep cool this summer and avoid getting overheated.

- Run cool water over the inside of your wrists.

- Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day – more if you’re very active.

- Don’t exercise in the heat of the day – do it before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.

- Set a bowl of ice water in front of a moving fan.

- Wear loose, light-colored natural-fiber clothing.

- Soak your feet in a plastic basin of cool (not cold) water.

- Wear your hair up or short – most heat escapes from the top of your head.

- Make your own portable evaporative cooler: wet down a white cotton towel and drape it around your neck.

- Open windows only in the room you’re in and the one opposite. Position a fan to blow from one window to the other to create a cross-draft.

- Keep blinds down on the side of the house the sun is shining on.

- Eat a Popsicle.

- Wear a wide-brimmed, breathable hat when in the sun.

- Avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol and caffeine.

- Keep a spray bottle of water handy and mist yourself while sitting in front of a fan.

- Unplug computers, TVs and VCRs when not in use. Even turned off, these appliances generate a lot of heat.

- Take a cool bath or shower – but not cold.

- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

- Watch medications – some decrease perspiration and contribute to overheating.

- Lie down with a refrigerated face mask for a few minutes to refresh your whole body.