When it comes to keeping cool in the summer, nothing quite compares to a nicely air-conditioned indoor environment. But where’s the summer fun in that?!
Staying inside all summer would be pretty boring, even with air-conditioning. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, around 100 million tons of carbon dioxide are released in the air each year just from air conditioners alone, which is about two tons for each of the two out of three American homes that have one.
Instead, consider saving your air conditioner for the most uncomfortably hot days, and use some of the following green tips to keep cool. These will work for beating the heat both indoors and outdoors, so don’t be afraid to get outside and get active this summer when you’ve got these hacks to help you keep your body temperature under control.
Enjoy a healthy ice slushy. Summer is slushy season, and research has shown that compared to drinking cold water, downing a slushy actually increases endurance when physically active in hot and humid weather. Consider making your own out of real fruit juice and natural sweetener to keep it healthy!
Munch on more fruits and veggies. Your body temperature goes up when it digests your food, but some foods have a greater effect than others. Protein-rich foods are one of them. You can stay cool through modification of your diet by choosing to eat more foods that are high in water. Watermelon, leafy greens, cucumbers, and peppers are a few good suggestions.
Switch to clothing made of natural fabrics. Now may be the right time to ditch your old, worn out yoga clothes that are made of synthetic fabrics and switch to brands that make their clothing with organic cotton, hemp, or linen. These are more breathable than synthetic fabrics. Try to go for light colored pieces if you’re planning on wearing them under the sun.
Keep a spray bottle handy. An easy and refreshing trick is to instantly cool off is to fill a spray bottle with water, keep it in the refrigerator, and give yourself a spritz or two when you need to cool down. You can even add some ice and bring it along with you if you’re heading outside in the heat.
Moisturize with coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. This will feel like heaven if you’ve got tired, achey feet or shoulders that could use a rub. Peppermint essential oil has a natural cooling effect on the skin for instant relief. Just add a drop or two of peppermint oil with a few tablespoons of coconut oil, mix well, and rub into your skin.
Drink a cup of chrysanthemum tea. According to Healthline and several natural remedy enthusiasts, chrysanthemum tea may help with lowering your body temperature. Commonly used in ancient Chinese medicine, it’s been known to help reduce fever and cold symptoms. If you don’t mind drinking something hot in the middle of a sweltering summer day, this could be worth trying.
Get a kiddie pool. Yes, a kiddie pool. Seriously. Many people don’t have the luxury of a pool, river, lake, or ocean in their own backyards (or balconies), and even though a kiddie pool isn’t big enough to swim in, you can at least position it under the shade and dunk your feet in the water. And hey, if you have kids or a dog, then that kiddie pool will be a bonus for them!
Pretty creative list, don’t you think? However you choose to beat the heat this summer, greener options like these always beat hiding out inside and cranking up the A/C.