Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

As much as I love Davis, summer heat feels like a blanket smothering you with no possibility of escape. Obviously, you can camp out in the library, but you’ll eventually go stir crazy. Or you can get your hair out of the way by putting it up or cutting it, but sometimes this is just too much effort.

Fortunately, you can also combat the heat easily with food and clothing choices. 

The best foods for hot days should have water content. Some options are cucumbers, strawberries, pineapples, mangos, watermelon, green peppers, and oranges. Staying hydrated is also critical for your summer time health while remaining cool.

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Alcohol, however, is dehydrating, so do not consume alcohol without plenty of water as well. Ice cream as it turns out is also a bad choice because digesting the calorie-rich product increases body temperature!!

Sorry to break it to you, friends!!

Another great way to beat the heat is to choose light materials to wear. Here are some options: Cotton acts as a ventilator, absorbs sweat, is lightweight and breathable, but can become heavy and wet. Linen, on the other hand, is made from a plant stalk that is light, and it absorbs sweat and dries quickly. Similar to linen, rayon is light and won’t stick to the body, but doesn’t absorb moisture.  

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Luckily, it is easy to find cute clothes in all of these light material types, but beware the non-absorbent materials: polyester and denim! It is also advisable to wear light colors and plenty of sunscreen when you intend to go out in the sun.

Happy summer everyone!