July 22 2013 by Bryson Forbes
The last two weeks in Canada have been down right hot! In Toronto, we have experienced six straight days where the temperature surpassed thirty-five degrees Celsius. That's ninety-five Fahrenheit! For us that's scortching.
As usual we Canucks love to talk about the weather and this topic generated a discussion for me this week with a disgruntled friend living this week without air conditioning! He started going through his list of tricks to stay cool, some I knew but others were novel. It got me thinking and has inspired my list of quirky tips to keep the sweating masses cool during a heat wave.
1) Graze - the process of digestion actually heats up your body and therefore eating in small amounts is better than crushing a T-bone steak. Unfortunately this tip also includes avoiding cold beer, apparently it heats you up more than cools you down. Booo!
2) Eat Spicy food - it tricks your body into being warm. A little curry can actually tricks your body into sweating to cool down; as the sweat evaporates your body temperature will literally drop.
3) Find a pool - and look no further than Best Western! Especially if you have no AC, the family will be forever indebted if you check into Best Western, for starters you'll have AC and how about a pool to lounge around! Now there's a cool staycation (excuse the pun).
4) If you have a basement, use it during the hottest hours of the day when the sun is highest. Basements are usually 3 or 4 degrees cooler than the upstairs part of the house.
5) Lose your duvet and sleep under a simple bedsheet instead. If you want to take it up a notch, put your sheets in a plastic bag and stick them in the fridge a couple of hours before going to bed. As we fall asleep our body temperature lowers, which is why it's difficult to sleep in hot weather. Cold sheets straight from the fridge should help you sleep better. I actually read a blog suggesting you freeze your underwear/pajamas, apparently no longer just a slumber party gag, but a strategy to beat the heat!
6) Avoid the standard fanning yourself strategy: At least, not with your hands. It will generate a bit of air and make you feel slightly cooler, but the spirited hand-wafting uses a lot of energy and will raise your body temperature in the long run. If you're going to fan yourself, use a piece of paper or flexible object with a large surface area to create a fanning movement without putting in much effort yourself.
The good news is that the heat wave is set to subside in the next few days, but in the meantime, or for the next heat wave, consider these tips. Send me some others to grow the list, there's got to be some even more creative solutions out there?