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What IF I Could Keep Cool - 7 Ways to Stay Cool

1. Hydrate

Make sure you keep hydrated with water.  Try to avoid caffeine, sugary fizzy drinks and alcohol.  You can make home made refreshing vitamin drinks that the whole family will love.


2. Fake it Ice Cream.

My daughter is convinced she is eating ice cream.  I bought ice lolly makers  from our local supermarket and mix yoghurts, and she loves it.  Yoghurt eaters will also get a dose of animal protein (about 9 grams per 6-ounce serving), plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium.


3. Eat Spicy

Believe it or not when you eat spicy foods it creates a sweat without raising your body temperature. Sweat cools your body down. I make a great curry, and here is one of my favourites Aubergine curry.


4. Splash Splash

This is what my daughter says, and we get the paddling pool out.


5. Dress Cool

Dressing in cotton or linen helps


6.  Eat Watermelon

There are some great watermelon recipes.  I love watermelon, feta, red onion, lemon, mint and walnut salad or little watermelon and feta bites.  Watermelon is made up of 92% water and 8% sugar so it is a great refresher.  It is rich in electrolytes (sodium and potassium). It not only replaces the electrolytes lost through sweat but also hydrates your cells and maintains the water balance in the cells. Metabolism is boosted as the functionality of the cells is increased, ultimately energizing your body.  The 4 great fatigue fighters - Potassium, Vitamin C, lycopene and iron found in watermelon drives away any feeling of fatigue you may experience.


7. Batten the hatches down

Close your shutter, blinds or curtains to keep your house cool, it can reduce the amount of heat inside by as much as 45%.  This doesn't use up unnecessary electricity needed by a fan or air conditioning.

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