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7 Hacks for Beating the Summer Heat!
We all know how hot and miserable the summer heat can be at times especially in Arizona. Why suffer when there are many tricks to help beat the heat and stay cool over the next few months. Here are some tricks that help make summer a bit more enjoyable...
 
7 Hacks for Beating the Summer Heat

We all know how hot and miserable the summer heat can be at times especially in Arizona. Why suffer when there are many tricks to help beat the heat and stay cool over the next few months.

Here are some tricks that help make summer a bit more enjoyable:

1. Bedroom remedies

Save the silk or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton material are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom. Also, you can stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed, wrapped in a plastic bag. This trick won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a short relief from the heat.

 
2. H2O tricks before bed

Drink an 8oz glass of water before bed to get some hydration. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can cause dehydration, so get H2O in beforehand. Don’t drink too much water unless you like bathroom runs in the middle of the night. Also, a cold shower before bed brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat so you can hit the sheets feeling cool and refreshed.

3. Avoid the stove

Summer isn’t the best time to spend hours slaving in the kitchen over casseroles or roasted chicken. Instead, eat cool, room-temperature dishes like salads to avoid generating any unnecessary heat in the house. If hot food is an essential item of your menu, fire up the outdoor BBQ
 
grill instead of turning on the oven. Also, replace big meals for smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after you devour a huge steak over a plate of fruits, veggies, and legumes.

4. Give your A/C unit a makeover

Clean or replace the filter in your room and central air conditioners about once a month during the summer. If you have central air-conditioning, have the ducts checked for leaks, which can reduce a system’s efficiency by as much as 15%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Seal any cracks between a window unit and the frame with peelable caulking or a sealant strip. These steps help ensure good airflow and keep the coils cleaner, which means more efficient and effective cooling.

5. Dress right

Wear one of the widely available synthetic fabrics designed to fight sweat and that sticky feeling; they're not just for athletes anymore. If you prefer cotton, make it thin, light colored, and, most of all, loose. "The best thing is to have sweat evaporate directly from skin to air," says Larry Kenney, a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. "The next best thing is for the sweat to move quickly from your skin to clothing and then evaporate. Loose, billowy clothes allow air movement next to the skin and help with evaporation."

6. Change up eating habits

Avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine, or lots of sugar, which are dehydrating. Eat more hydrating foods, like smoothies, fruits and
vegetables. This might come as a surprise, but start adding spicy foods
 
to your diet because they make you sweat and in turn, helps your body cool down faster. Eating cold foods like ice cream or iced tea actually don’t do you many favors. These foods make your internal temperature cool too rapidly, and then your body ends up compensating by raising your body temperature back up, making you feel hotter. On the contrary, eating spicy foods raises your internal temperature to match the
 
temperature outside. Your blood circulation increases, you start sweating and once your moisture has evaporated, you’ve cooled off.

7. Cool workouts

 
Switching up your exercise routine to include more water exercises and early morning workouts are also great for beating the heat. Swimming and water aerobics are great because they’re easy on the joints while keeping your body temperature cool and exercising or going for a walk in the morning before the sun heats everything up is another great way to stay active without melting or overheating.

Hopefully these tricks and routine switch-ups help make your summer more enjoyable and keeps you feeling cool and refreshed despite the sweltering heat outside.