stay cool this summer

4 Easy Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

If you want to stay cool this summer, look no further than these healthy tips, which don’t cost the earth. Air conditioning can be useful to keep the body cool all day, but it can also cause nasal congestion. Follow these tips to keep the body healthy during this hot summer weather.

1. Stay Cool This Summer by Keeping the Body Hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you are outside in the heat. Your body will be perspiring more rapidly than normal, even though you may not feel it, and the body requires frequent liquid to prevent dehydration. Keep a water bottle with you, if possible. All drinks like tea, coffee, fruit juice, and plain water count toward your daily fluid levels, although tea and coffee are natural diuretics so will cause frequent urination.

Perspiration is the body’s natural way to keep the body cool, so opt for a deodorant instead of an antiperspirant, as it is natural for the underarms to sweat throughout the day. Bicarbonate of soda is a fantastic natural deodorant, which will disguise any underarm odour but will not prevent perspiration, so sprinkle a little under both arms and you’ll stay fresh all day long in this summer heat.

2. Wear Cotton Clothing To Stay Cool This Summer

The last thing you want to wear in the summer months are tight items of clothing, so stay cool this summer with cotton clothing. Cotton feels light against the skin and is a naturally breathable fabric. Look for cotton t-shirts, trousers, shorts, and vests.

3. Munch on Fruits and Vegetables

Fruit contains a lot of water, even a banana contains 80 percent water so munch on fruits and vegetables throughout the day to keep the body hydrated. Your skin will thank you, and fruits and vegetables keep the belly full to prevent overeating. You may find during these summer months that your appetite for normal meals decreases and your fluid intake increases, which may include a craving for raw fruits and veggies. Supermarkets often have a good range of fruits and vegetables, usually at discounted prices, during these summer months, so stay cool this summer by sustaining your hydration levels with fruits and veggies.

4. Use Desk and Tower Fans to Stay Cool This Summer

I often find that the use of a tower fan in the home can increase the heat in a room, but every person is different. I prefer to open the window, and it’s lovely when a breeze hits the skin, but if you cannot cope with the heat inside opt for a desk or tower fan.

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Why We Should Love Ethical Companies

If you care about your environment, you’ll also care about where products are sourced. The skin, for example, is the largest living breathing organ in the human body and whatever we place upon it is absorbed. Good skincare shouldn’t cost the earth, which is why I’d love to be an ambassador for ethical companies like  Akoma Skincare. Personally, I have been using their products for several years. I can highly recommend the Ghana Black Soap as a body wash and shampoo, and fair-trade and organic shea butter. Both products give the skin a natural glow. When we buy from Akoma, we are also supporting their trade. They also well ingredients that you can use to make your own skincare product, including coconut oil, raw shea butter, and cocoa butter. 

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ETHICAL COMPANIES AND PROBIOTICS

We’ve all heard about probiotics and how they improve our gut bacteria, but what about the strains of bacteria in probiotics. It’s easy to pop a pill, but what about a drink that contains 13 strains of probiotic bacteria, each providing their own unique health benefits. Small ethical companies like Microbz deserve  credit, as they are creating products that not only benefit our gut health, but also the health of our pets, and our environment. I can highly recommend Biolive Dark and Biolive Gold. Once you get past the sour taste, it’s time to thank the Good Lord for products such as these that are helping to heal our bodies in this poisonous ill world. I’ve yet to try the deodorant and toothpaste, because of their price, but I hope to treat myself in the future. Their multi surface cleaner might seem an expensive product, but you need to mix only a small amount with plain water to get a powerful household cleanser for the kitchen. I have an older version of the power cleaner and I still have half a bottle left, and I bought it in 2017. These germ killing adverts highlight the fact that we must have no germs in the house, but when we use probiotic cleaning products, they help to balance our environment and also save us money. You’ll never regret going back to chemical laden cleaning products. It is up to us to spread the awareness of health friendly ethical companies like Microbz. 

FLUORIDE FREE TOOTH CARE

Fluoride has been long considered healthy for our teeth, but some consider otherwise. Even without the use of fluoride the enamel on the teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. Creating balance in the mouth must be the aim, and there are many ways in which to do this. Oil pulling with coconut oil, for example, helps to remove bacteria from in between the teeth, which can lead to plaque and potential gum disease, but it’s not everybody’s cup of tea having to swill coconut oil in the mouth for up to twenty minutes. Personally, I’ve been using fluoride free toothpaste for years and my teeth are fine, just slightly sensitive. I buy from ethical companies like Georganics, and highly recommend their biodegradable bamboo  toothbrushes and natural toothpaste (the english peppermint is lovely) and I even make my own toothpaste mixing bicarbonate of soda with coconut oil and a few drops of orange essential oil. The foaming agents in most toothpastes make us feel like we are thoroughly cleaning our mouths, but these foams are not necessary to clean the teeth. Have you even checked the abrasiveness of your toothpaste. It might surprise you!

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Lose Weight By Eating The Right Fats Plus Add Exercise For A Metabolism Boost

Do you want to lose weight and tone the body this summer 2018, but not sure how to take that first major step? Experts say that the best way to lose weight is to follow a calorie-restricted diet, and perform exercise several times weekly. Try both for effective weight loss.

Lose Weight by Changing the Diet

Meal replacements can help you lose weight over the short term, but they are often in powder form and require mixing with water or milk. To save fewer calories, switch to skimmed milk, if preferred, and increase your protein levels to feel sated. Increase your fat intake. Good fat sources include avocados, peanut butter, and raw nuts and seeds. Although fat is often believed to be ‘the enemy’ in the fight toward weight loss, fat leaves the stomach and brain feeling satisfied, which will lead to a healthier appetite and less need to snack in between meals.

Eat The Right Saturated Fats to Lose Weight

Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but this does not mean it is unhealthy. Nutrition experts tell us to stay away from saturated fats, but it is wrong for them to say this when they have no idea about the different structures of fats. The weight gain and obesity epidemic worldwide is due to our diets from too many grains and carbohydrates. Amazingly, coconut oil contains a unique medium chain fatty acid structure, which makes it very easy for the human body to digest. When coconut oil is consumed, the body immediately starts to break its energy down for digestion. The human body finds this very easy because its fat source is naturally created. If you feel a heat sensation in the body after consuming coconut oil, it’s because the body is already in the thermogenesis (calorie burning) mode. It’s unique fatty acid structure makes it a healthy oil for cooking, as it can be heated to a very high temperature without risk of oxidation (free radical damage). The taste may take some getting used to, but it’s a worthwhile fat to eat when your aim is to lose weight.

Lose Weight With Exercise

Exercise comes in varied forms. If you are new to exercise, gentle aerobic exercise like walking is a great tool to boost the metabolism and help you lose weight. Weight training or anaerobic exercise is a good method for toning up the body, and you can use dumbbells and kettlebells to achieve a thorough workout. Although weight training is often tough, do not be afraid of the weight lifting area in your local gym. Hire a session with a personal trainer to learn some weight training tips, or watch videos online to learn effective tips. Finally, high intensive interval training, better known as HIIT, is widely relied upon by many fitness enthusiasts due to its quick bursts of anaerobic exercise, which science says helps to encourage muscle growth, boost the metabolism even at rest, and support weight loss. Research into one particular HIIT workout, the 8/12 second workout, which involves sixty sets of eight seconds of sprinting on a spin bike, followed by twelve seconds of rest, found that the people taking part in this exercise lost weight around the abdominal area, without even a change in diet.