Check out these 7 tips on how to stay cool this summer in Canada!
#1. Stay hydrated.
It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re feeling thirsty and hot, but with extreme heat waves taking over Canadian cities again this summer, it’s now recommended that you start drinking before you even feel your throat drying up! It’s also important to continue drinking throughout the day to replace fluids that have been lost to sweat because this is essential for keeping cool and avoiding the effects of dehydration. Water is recommended as sugary juice, soda, and caffeine can make you even thirstier. If you’re not a huge fan of plain water, you can always add some flavour to it with a slice of lemon, a mint leaf or cucumbers.
#2. Hang out at the beach.
What better place to be than by the waters? Cities like Vancouver, which are close to oceans, are often cooler than cities not located near large bodies of water since the water can affect the climate and lower the temperature of an area. So, if you’re in a coastal region, head to a beach or a lake to enjoy the (slightly) cooler temperatures. If you want to beat the heat, you can always go for a swim as well!
#3. Eat cold foods.
Everyone knows that cold beverages will cool you down, but did you know that cold foods are just as great? Sweet treats like ice cream, frozen yogurt, popsicles and cold fruits are both delicious and effective at regulating our internal body temperature. According to Well + Good, frozen fruits you should have in your freezer during the summer include frozen mangoes, frozen blueberries, frozen grapes, and frozen kiwis. So, the next time you’re at the supermarket, look for some of these summer fruits to freeze at home!
#4. Stay indoors.
Staying indoors is one of the most common and effective ways to beat the summer heat. When you’re at home or indoors elsewhere, you can take advantage of the windows, curtains and other miscellaneous objects to help you keep cool. For example, even if you don’t have an air conditioner at home, you can set up a fan and put a bowl of ice in front of it, and the cold air that blows from the fan will circulate in the room. You can also wear wet towels or place a damp sheet over an opening to cool the air that comes through your house.
You can also go out while staying indoors as well. Some people love to visit movie theatres, while others might check out the local museum, mall (especially the frozen foods aisle!) or libraries for a place of refuge. If you’re in Toronto, grab a frozen delight at the popular Milkcow, catch a breeze at the Amsterdam Brewery, or try and ride a wave at Toronto Harbour Tours!
#5. Ditch your blankets.
If you can’t fall asleep at night because of how hot it is in your room, ditch your blankets or duvets. You can also bring a couple of ice packs or a cold compress with you to bed or put your bedsheets in the fridge or freezer for anywhere between a half hour and 45 minutes before bedtime. Of course, doing this every night can become bothersome, so you can choose to put only your pillowcases in there.
#6. Dress appropriately.
Just like how we bring our gloves, scarves, and parkas for the winter, it’s important to wear breezy, lightweight clothing for the summer. It’s recommended that loose, breathable clothing made out of natural fibres like cotton, linen and silk is good at wicking away sweat. Also, forget about wearing black for now, since it absorbs the sun’s heat and traps it onto your skin.
#7. Be aware.
Although it’s good to take precautions, the best way to monitor your conditions during the heatwave is to be aware of your body. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average body temperature hovers around 37ºC. So, if you spend the entire day outside in the sun with little to no water, your body will become overexposed to heat and you may experience heat exhaustion. Furthermore, the hottest hours of the day are usually between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is between these hours that people often experience heat-related illnesses. Some signs include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fainting, pale skin, cramping, confusion, and headaches. Be sure to check on young children and the elderly, who are more susceptible to the negative side effects of the sun and heat. Don’t leave your pets in cars either.