In the summer months, the question of how to cope with the heat in urban conditions and how to more easily cope with the stuffiness, which reduces not only efficiency, but also spoils the mood, is especially acute.
The real experts in the fight against the summer heat and stuffiness are rightfully the inhabitants of tropical countries. They definitely have a lot to learn from a modern person. Not only advertised air conditioners, fans and refreshing cosmetics will help to endure the heat more easily, but also more affordable methods used for millennia in Arab and African countries, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
High temperatures in humid climates activate the energy-saving mode in the human body, slow down all mental and physical processes, making you feel tired, sleepy and irritable. Oxygen deficiency, a decrease in the rate of oxidative processes and fluctuations in the water-alkaline balance, even with increased sweating, have a significant effect on cardiac activity. This means that even a healthy person feels considerable discomfort during this period and the oversaturated urban environment only contributes to this. In addition, in the heat, the level of adrenaline in the blood increases, so a person becomes more hot-tempered and intolerant.
A hot shower can help your body cope with heat more easily. It is he who will allow you to feel the coolness even in hot air. But a contrasting cold shower, although it will have a short cooling effect, is completely contraindicated for people with heart disease and weak blood vessels. A similar effect can be obtained from hot green or herbal tea, which has long been drunk by Bedouins to cool their body temperature. As much as you want an ice soda or a cold coffee drink in the stifling atmosphere, they will not really quench your thirst, but rather will cause a summer runny nose and sore throat. Caffeine and alcohol in summer can also dehydrate your body and won't help you fight the heat.
A large amount of water drunk at one time, especially in the afternoon, can cause swollen legs and swelling on the face. Therefore, you should not significantly exceed your personal water consumption rate, preferring small (up to 200 ml), but frequent doses. In addition to hot green tea, natural citrus juices, homemade lemonades and fruit drinks have an excellent refreshing effect, which compensate for the lack of vitamin C.
Vietnamese drink soda (mineral water) with lime and salt to withstand the heat, while Mexicans brew hot red cayenne pepper as tea. This drink activates sweating, but does not raise body temperature. Tomatoes, celery and grapefruits will also help you freshen up.
But with fatty and fried foods, including junk food and flour products, it is better not to overload your stomach. Due to a weakened metabolism, such food will act as a daytime sleeping pill and guarantee a sleepless night. To strengthen blood vessels, you should include foods with polyunsaturated fatty acids (fish, seeds, flaxseed oil, wheat germ and walnuts) in your diet.
Fans of an active lifestyle and athletes on especially hot days should reduce their loads and give preference to yoga, Pilates, breathing exercises and a swimming pool. Cardio and strength exercises will put additional pressure on the vessels.
An evening contrast shower, dousing in the morning and baths with sea salt will help to get rid of excessive heaviness in the legs. Pre-prepared ice cubes will help you to endure the heat in the office and at home. They can be used to wipe the décolleté and face. Don't forget about essential oils. Apply peppermint, eucalyptus or lavender oil to your temples and wrists and you will feel better breathing.
Real crystal differs in that it remains cold even in the heat, which means that it makes sense to get a vase out of the sideboard and put it closer to your workplace. Bamboo also has a cooling effect, so bamboo mats can be included in the summer interior of your home or office. Let your wardrobe in the summer months consist of light, spacious outfits made from natural materials. Then you will definitely be able to endure the heat more easily, while maintaining a charge of vigor and good mood for the whole day.