3 Steps For A Cool Weekend

Numerous cities across the country are in the middle of a heat wave this week. People in the South, Midwest and East are facing sweltering 80 and 90 degree temperatures. To help beat the heat, here are our top 3 tips for staying cool.

Create a Simple Air Conditioner: This trick from realsimple.com works best in dry heat. Fill a bowl with ice and place it in front of a fan. The ice will begin to melt and evaporate, which will turn the warm fan breeze cool.

Add a Little Spice: Did you ever wonder why the spiciest foods often originate from countries located near the equator? Believe it or not, eating spicy food will actually cool you off when it’s hot outside! The reason, according to the Huffington Post, is that 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. Scientists call the phenomenon “gustatory facial sweating,” because indeed you usually start sweating in the face first.” On lakeside.com you can buy ghost chili pepper in a can…however proceed with caution, ghost peppers pack serious spice!

Freeze Your Fruits & Veggies: One of the best ways to cool down on a hot summer day is to consume lighter fare. Light foods (like salads) are easier to digest than heavy meats or pastas. To double your benefit, eat your light foods frozen. Try freezing grapes, watermelon and even peas for a deliciously refreshing snack! The juicy, healthy fruits & veggies help keep you hydrated too. For kids, this is also a great alternate to sugary ice cream.

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