Top tips for keeping cool this summer
The summer brings with it a lot of fun in the sun. Bring out the BBQs, pack up a picnic and get ready for parties and festivals galore.
As the temperatures rise and the days get longer, taking the proper steps to keep yourself cool and hydrated is key for your wellbeing.
No-one is saying deny yourself of summer of fun, which is why we’ve asked our Senior Herbal Specialist which teas, supplements and cooling herbs will help keep you looking and feeling your best whatever the summer has in store for you.
How do you avoid dehydration from drinking alcohol and being in the sun?
Firstly, your aim should always be to match your alcohol intake with water. To stay hydrated, try to drink plenty of cooling herbal teas that contain peppermint, chamomile, licorice, fennel and rose. These herbs have a soothing effect on your thermostat and will help to rehydrate you.
If a hot cup of herbal tea isn’t what you’re after in the heat, try out some more creative summertime solutions such as Pukka-infused coolers and ice pops, which you can enjoy while you are out and about.
What foods should you go for during the hot summer days?
Avoid too many foods that heat – often on the menu at festivals. All dark meats (beef, lamb, pork) as well as citrus fruits (except lemons and limes), tomato, raw garlic, raw onion, chillies, excess salt and sour dairy products all increase heat in our bodies.
Instead, go for leafy green vegetables and colourful vegetables and fruits that flourish in the summer and contain phytonutrients that protect against oxidative skin damage from too much sun exposure.
How can you naturally cool inflamed skin after a day in the sun?
If you have fair skin or haven’t been in the sun much then build up your tolerance slowly. At the end of a hot day use some aloe vera juice directly on your skin. You can make ice cubes from it and then let it luxuriantly melt as it cools you down or just dab the juice on cool from the fridge.
Forget all the aloe vera ‘gels’ around, they have minimal aloe vera and are mainly made from water and thickening agents.
For a quick and cooling ‘spritz’ mist yourself in rosewater. Roses have long been used for tightening the skin and are used to soothe and cool that prickly heat sensation. You will smell divine too
What natural energy boosters should you take?
If you want to super-boost your plant-protection, then try taking some ginseng or tulsi. They provide all-day festival energy and vitality without exhausting your adrenal glands and influencing the common ‘energy-crash’ often experienced when taking more conventional stimulants and consuming high levels of caffeine.
How can you get your balance back after a weekend/week of excess?
If you feel that your body is in need of a good detox once a festival/party/holiday is over, super spice turmeric can help to rid the body of any toxins, whilst also nourishing the liver; the perfect antidote to a weekend of excess.