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How to Stay Cool without Air Conditioning ?


Summer is the season when we want to feel good  more than in others– We bring out the shorts, sandals and pretty dresses that we have been longing to wear during the Stay Cool without Air Conditioning dismal past year. Summer is also a testing time for all age groups, and the heat often causes plenty of health troubles in both children and elderly people.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each season of the year correlates to an element and an organ of the body. It is important that we understand the influences of the particular elements so that we can learn how to treat our body in the best way possible for optimal health.

In summer, because of the sweltering hot weather, which is often so oppressive as to lead to excessive escape of the body’s internal energy reserved for evolvement and performance of functional activities or, owing to accumulation of pathogenic cold in the body caused by overindulgence in cold drinks and cold foods for the sake of lowering the body temperature in order to prevent heat strokes, the energy inside the body to be used for functional activities will wane and become deficient. Therefore, one of the principles for preservation of health in traditional Chinese medicine formulated to suit the needs of different times of the year is “conserving energy for functional activities in spring and summer”.

For this reason, those people who live or work in an air-conditioned environment for long hours a day or engage excessively in outdoor sports will have the need to take extra care of their health.

* Live without air conditioning

1. Keep the sun—and its heat—out by closing blinds, drapes and windows during the day. Light-colored window treatments can reflect light and heat  and keep away from your home as well. Another option for keeping your home cooler is applying heat-reflective??to windows that receive direct sunlight. Heat reflective window film is simple to install and affordable.

2.Turn off unnecessary lighting, and swap out heat-producing incandescent light bulbs for cooler compact fluorescent light bulbs. Try to use such appliances during only the coolest part of the day.

3. Make good use of all types of fans: ceiling fans, box fans, attic fans. Adjust your ceiling fans’ blades so that the leading edge is higher, which will circulate cool air.
For an extra cool breeze, place a frozen water bottle in front of the fan. Attic fans can also pull in cooler air from outside.You can put a?box fan?in a window, facing out to draw warm air out of your home or facing in to pull in cool air from outside.

4. Another good idea is to use a dehumidifier. Excessive humidity can cause the temperature to feel higher than it actually is. Reducing the humidity level is a good way to make your home feel cooler and to keep it more comfortable.

5.If you enjoy using aromatherapy, using essential oils is a great way to promote the free flow of Qi and cool down. From a TCM viewpoint, essential oils go directly to the brain and have the added benefit of positively affecting our emotions. Use essential oils from the mint family such as peppermint, spearmint and eucalyptus.  Diluting the oils in water and using it as a body or room spray is particularly effective.

* Cool your body

1.Wear cotton dresses or shorts; use prickly heat powder, shower regularly so that you can feel fresh and keep cool.

2.Wet all your hair, or just all along the hairline in a pinch. The evaporation of the water will cool your head (though it may make your hair a bit frizzy if it's curly!). Or tie an icepack behind your head.

3. Wear a short sleeved shirt and put water on the sleeves only. If there is a breeze or fan blowing on you, you can actually get cold! Use a squirt bottle, the sink or hose if outside to keep your sleeves wet. If you are outside and wearing long pants and you put water on your legs, the water will cool your legs. Long skirts are also good for this. Just sprinkle the hemline with water.

4. Try using a water misting fan. These portable devices are battery operated so you can take them with you wherever you go. As you mist and fan yourself, the water is evaporated on your skin, giving you an instant cooling sensation.

5. Try to stay indoors between 11.00 am to 4.00pm. In summer, because of sweating and burning sensations, you may get irritated over small things and spoil yours and others mood, so try to control your emotions.

* Foods for Summer

Summer foods have the ability to cool the body down. Getting overheated in the summer months isn’t unusual or pleasant, but by including some of the following foods and summer health food avoiding others, you can beat the heat and cool down.Signs of overheating include: sweating, shortness of breath, fever, irritability, headaches, weakness, wheezing, diarrhea, bloating, inflammation and vomiting.

Aside from cooling down the body, some herbal teas may also be beneficial in other ways such as: chamomile iced tea has a calming effect ; cucumber, peppermint and mint tea can cleanse the body system.

There are even a few minty recipes you could try, for example:
Watermelon Yogurt Mint Smoothie
Mint Tea
Irish Cream Mint Chocolate Drink
Minted Fresh Green Pea Soup (Chinese loves to eat in Summer)

If you suffer from heat stroke you can also use radish or watermelon juice to help counteract the effects. Watermelon rind (the white part) can also be used to soothe sunburn.

Try to cool yourself and replenish waning energy with fruit juices instead of bottled drinks which are high in sugar.Avoiding greasy, oily, spicy or hot foods and stimulants like alcohol and coffee will help to prevent you from becoming overheated.

In summer, because of sweating and burning sensations, you may get irritated over small things and spoil yours and others mood, so try to control your emotions.


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