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Stay Cool and Beat the Heat Wave

Date
Jul, 30, 2018

By Fredrica Syren:

These days it seems like you can’t escape the hot weather anywhere.  Japan, Europe and the U.S, all have record hot temperatures. According to scientists, the heat is something we had better get used to since global warming is heating up our planet. And, yes, each year its getting hotter for longer. We have all been there: sticky, hot, tossing and turning in bed, feeling that nothing is comfortable.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve regarding how to stay cool during a heat wave — even without ac, since it always seems to break during heat waves anyway.

Dress coolly—Save silk and synthetic clothes for cool days, and wear loose fitting clothes made from cotton of a light color.

Eat cold food—I would skip spicy, hearty food. Instead, go for nice cool foods like salads, sandwiches and sushi. My kids like to eat and suck on frozen fruit like mango cubes and grapes. Just make sure they’re not choking hazards for smaller kids. When it’s hot outside, I always let my kids eat as much fruit as they want. It hydrates their bodies, cools them off and provides lots of nutrition.

Drink plenty of water—Staying hydrated, always important, is crucial when it’s hot outside. I’m usually not a fan of ice cold water except during a heat wave. I put water bottles filled with water into the freezer for when I have to go somewhere. This way the ice will melt slowly and keep the water cold.

On super hot days, I try keeping my kids inside during the hottest part. We focus on playing outside early in the morning and in the evening.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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