With temperatures rising across Europe we thought we would share some of our top tips for staying cool on the hottest days.

  1.  The most obvious one is stay hydrated – but perhaps not so obvious is that recent research suggests that drinking a hot drink might actually cool you down more than a cold drink. Why? Well the experts say that if we drink hot drinks in the winter when we are wrapped up in lots of clothes then our body will retain the heat as we won’t sweat it out, so the hot drink will warm us up. But the opposite is true if we drink a hot drink while wearing minimal clothing – the hot drink will instantly send our body temperature up, but the heat will evaporate through sweat, as the body sweats, the body temperature goes down. Clever eh? This doesn’t work in humid conditions though so stick to the cold drinks
  2. Keep your feet, neck and wrists cool; these are the body’s quick cooling spots so sitting with your feet in water, with a wet towel around your neck and wet flannels wrapped around your wrists will quickly bring your body temperature down.
  3. Eat the right foods; the expression “Cool as a cucumber” actually makes sense – a cucumber is made almost entirely of water so will help keep you hydrated. So will salads, raw vegetables and fruit. Avoid eating meat or protein heavy foods during the day as they increase metabolic heat production which will result in loss of water. Believe it or not spicy foods will help you cool down during the day – like the hot drinks, they will make you sweat and therefore cool your body down. Avoid them in the evenings though as the last thing you want to do is sweat excessively in bed. 
  4. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the fridge overnight.
  5. Wear a hat, a wide brimmed one ideally and one that covers the tops of your ears and the back of your neck (a light coloured one will keep you coolest).
  6.  If you don’t mind investing a little in keeping cool it is worth considering a special cooling towel with breathable microfibres, it turns icy cold when wet.
  7. Don’t take a cold shower! A very cold shower will close up your pores, which means that pesky sweat won’t be able to get out. Much better to take a lukewarm one which will lower your core body temperature. 
  8. Wear natural fabrics such as cotton or linen, they will keep you much cooler than man made ones.
  9. If you are indoors, put a bucket of ice in front of a fan. The fan will blow air over the ice which will cool the air down. If that sounds like lots of work, a wet flannel will do more or less the same.
  10. Keep your after sun in the fridge.