1 March, 2019
Hacks are always welcome in any seasons, as we get to know something new to get by and overcome the usual issues of that season. However, in summer, we usually have seen many hacks that inform us about how to keep cool. Without a doubt, in summer, we need to keep ourselves hydrated, keep our houses cool using window curtains, using cotton bed sheets to sleep, etc. Keeping our homes properly ventilated, switching off unwanted lights in the house, and also not cooking during the hot hours is other hacks that can keep our houses cool.
However, there are a few more hacks that perhaps, you may not have heard and one or two that may sound a bit strange. Yet, these are tried and tested hacks that provide relief from the blistering summer heat, especially during the day.
Eat Spicy Food!
This might read like some joke, but it is not! It is true that in the summer you need to eat spicy food. If you look it up, you will find that the major spices come from hot areas and climates. Think spicy food, and you think India, Mexico, Jamaica, etc.; some of the most tropical climates on the planet these are. But, isn’t spicy food supposed to heat your body and cause you more trouble, especially when the temperature outside is soaring?
So, here is the explanation; while eating cold food will help your body as it will keep the body temperature cold, that effect will only be around for 15 to 20 minutes or so, which is why you will have to keep resorting to eating or drinking something cold, now and then for lasting effect through the day. However, it seems that when you eat spicy food, you will start sweating from the face, called gustatory facial sweating. This effect triggered by eating the spicy food will keep your body cooler, better and even for a longer duration. It is said that spicy food cools down your whole body, as compared to the cold food which only cools down parts of your body. So, this summer, experiment eating a bit of spicy food to see if you can beat that heat!
Peppermint Tes Spray
The sight of a mint itself is something cooling and refreshing and in summer, more so. But tea again is something that is usually taken hot and not something that is sprayed around! So, what is peppermint tea spray to be used in summer for?
So, you need first to brew a peppermint tea and cool it down. The simplest way of making this tea is to boil some fresh, washed and lightly crushed peppermint leaves in one or two glasses of water. Allow this to cool down, chill it in the refrigerator and then put into a sprayer and spray it on yourself, when you feel that heat a bit more. It is said that this spray of peppermint tea will instantly help, to cool down, moisturize, and even hydrate your skin. This spray, immediately after an outing in the sun can be a real cooler and even help repair the sun damage to the skin.
Can breathing in a certain way, keep our body cool? Incredibly, a special kind of yogic breathing can help cool down your body naturally. In this method, the tongue is curled in a special way, rolled inward and upward.
Once this is done, you need to breathe in through the mouth and then exhale through your nose. This exercise should be repeated a couple of times for the body to cool down and remain cool for a while. You could try this exercise a couple of times during the day.
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