15 Ways to Beat the Heat Naturally

We all look forward to summer – seriously what is there not to love?! Inevitably, we have a few heatwaves and this week happens to be one of them. We all need to find ways to cool down when the temp rises into the upper 90s and low 100s. Rather than blasting your AC, there are tons of ways to find cool energy and cooler experiences. Check out these 15 natural ways to help you stay cool in the summer heat

1. Plan your day.
Depending on how hot it is where you live, there are definitely certain times of day that are essential to capitalize on. Before the sun rises and after it sets, you have a few hours of cooler temperatures. We recommend taking this time to water your plants, go for a jog, or enjoy a meal outside.

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
There are so many insulated sweatproof water bottles that keep your water ice cold. Check out your local Target or invest in a Hydro Flask, S’well, or another brand that keeps your water cold throughout the day. Hydration during the warm months is crucial. You want to aim for at least half your body weight in ounces.

3. Swim!
Here in Northern California, we are lucky to have lakes, rivers and the ocean all within a couple hours drive. Find your favorite swimming spot and submerge in cold water. There is nothing better on a hot summer day!

4. Eat cooling foods.
Consume foods that are cooling to your internal systems. Go for sweet and ripe summer fruits, fresh veggies, and foods that are bitter or astringent rather than salty or spicy.

5. Explore water workouts.
It’s summertime, and there are so many water sports to try. For example surfing, wake boarding, kayaking, swimming laps or stand up paddle boarding.

6. Meditate.
Sometimes we need to cool our minds as much as we need to cool our physical body. Take time every day to slow down and meditate. A few minutes of deep breathing and relaxation will go a long way.

7. Snacks.
Make home-made popsicles and frozen fruits for your weekend adventures.

8. Apply cold water to pulse points.
There’s numerous pulse points on your body that can be used as cooling spots when in contact with cool water. You’re probably familiar with the points on your wrists and back of neck. Try putting a cool towel or running cool water over your feet, wrists, and temples. Wear a damp bandana when exercising outdoors.

9. Dress light.
Wear light colors and breathable fabrics, especially on those 100+ degree heat days. We suggest cotton and linen.

10. Eat smaller meals.
The more you eat, the more heat your body creates. Eat small meals throughout the day to limit the metabolic process that create heat within.

11. Aloe vera for more than sunburn.
We all know aloe vera is epic for cooling a sunburn, but it can also be used for overall cooling during the hot months of summer.

12. Refrigerate your sheets.
Have you ever put your pillowcases and sheets in your freezer before bed? Try it! Place them in plastic bags in the freezer for a couple hours, remove and then fall asleep on a cool and cozy bed. You can also try sleeping with a cold water bottle.

13. Adjust your home environment to block out the heat.
Work with the heat, not against it. Instead of wasting energy by blasting your air conditioning, block out harsh sunlight with blinds or curtains. You can also use circulating fans and limit your use of electrical products. Try opening your windows and using fans to circulate the air if you feel like the air is stagnant and hot.

14. Find some shade.
When you make plans to play outside, make sure to wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water, invest in a wide-brimmed hat, and find a pocket of shade to hang out in when the sun is beaming.

15. Coconut everything.
Drink coconut water and keep coconut oil close by. It has natural cooling properties that can cool you from the inside out.