Ten tips to beat the heat

Summer, sun, sweat and heat: we already got a taste of summer in May, leaving us wanting more. However, it isn’t always easy to stand the heat – especially over longer periods of time. These 10 tips will help.

11.06.2020

Lara Brunner

1. Drink enough

You should drink enough to maintain your balance of fluids and electrolytes. Avoid sweet drinks in favour of mineral water or tea. Make sure that the drinks are not too cold.
Good to know: Some fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber and watermelon, also have a high water content.

2. Light meals

Avoid heavy meals in favour of light fare or several small meals. Try out our summer recipe: falafel and salad with mint dressing.

Summer recipe: falafel and salad with mint dressing

3. Avoid coffee and alcohol

Coffee stimulates circulation but the effect soon drops off. Alcohol stresses the circulatory system and dehydrates the body.

4. Cool footbaths

Rest your feet in cool water or pour some over your wrists or neck. This will cool you down and keep your circulation going.

5. Loose clothing

Wear clothes made of linen or cotton. Light garments allow air to circulate, helping you to sweat less.

6. Summer hairstyles

People with long hair should tie it up to ventilate their forehead and neck.

7. Caution during sport

Reserve physical activity for the morning or evening hours. In general, the higher the temperature, the gentler your training should be. Listen to your body.

8. Proper ventilation

In the morning, open the windows of your home while the air is still cool. Then close all of the windows and draw the blinds or shutters.

9. Lukewarm showers

Even if the temptation is strong: don't take a cold shower. This causes the blood vessels to constrict, slowing the release of stored-up heat. Cold water also tells the body that it needs to warm up. Lukewarm showers are a better option.

10. Switch off electronic devices

Avoid using your clothes dryer. Fully switch off electronic devices such as computers and televisions, which emit some heat even in standby mode. When cooking, use the kitchen ventilator fan to remove the additional warm air.

Sleeping despite the heat

At the height of summer, choose thin sheets made of cotton, linen or natural silk. Avoid synthetic materials, which are neither cooling nor sweat-absorbent. To avoid catching cold, especially from draughts, never sleep without some kind of cover.

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