TIME TO REFRESH
Make your summer as fresh as possible! Browse through the tips & tricks that will make your summer days and nights more refreshing. Among them you will find easy-to-prepare recipes, new and different ways of using your fridge-freezer and other summer hacks.
TIME TO REFRESH SUMMER NIGHTS
Your fridge-freezer doesn’t just keep your drinks cool during the day, it can also help you stay cool during the night.
Put your sheets and a pair of socks into a plastic sealed bag and pop them into the fridge-freezer for a couple of minutes and make sure the bag is sealed tightly.
Take them out before sleep. Put your now-chilled sheets on the bed and slip on the cool socks.
They will have a double cooling effect – the sheets will cool down your whole body, while the socks will cool down your feet that are one of the most temperature-sensitive parts of the body, because of all the pulse points present.
TIME TO REFRESH WITH BANANAS
Bananas are a fruit that is cold in nature. They are perfect for hot summer days as they are able to clear intestinal “heat”, add moisture and eliminate different toxins. Besides that they taste simply delicious in a cool sorbet:
1. ake a blender and blend a cup of frozen strawberries and two tablespoons of nuts milk.
2. Add three frozen bananas (they should be very ripe and frozen for at least 24 hours) and blend until the mixture is creamy and fluffy.
3. Pour into a glass and decorate. Voila!
TIME TO REFRESH WITH GRAINS
Who doesn’t love rice and buckwheat on their plate? We sure do. But did you know those two common grains that can be found in almost every kitchen can also keep you cool during summer nights and prevent the heat to take its toll on your sleep? Here’s how:
1.Since buckwheat doesn’t absorb heat like cotton does, we suggest you to opt for buckwheat pillows in the summer instead of the cotton ones.
2. If you need additional cool-down remedy during really hot nights, we suggest you to fill a sock with rice. After tying it off put it in the freezer for approximately 1 hour. The compress will keep you cool for up to 30 minutes, which will give you just enough time to cool down sufficiently to fall asleep.
3. For an even better cool-down effect place the compress on your pulse points, such as your wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees.
TIME TO REFRESH WITH THE RIGHT FOOD
Did you know some foods have cooling effects on your body? This is due to their hydrating properties, that provide you with much needed refreshment during hot summer days.
Here are 5 foods that will keep you cool during summer heat:
Cucumbers: not only are they incredibly hydrating, they are also very tasty, if you pair them with hummus or refresh yourself with some cucumber juice with lemons.
Watermelon: as one of the most delicious hydrators ever, it also contains vitamin a, c and lycopene.
Citruses: add some lemon to your regular daily dose of water. Not only will it taste better, it will provide a more thorough refreshment since citruses have a cooling effect on the body and promote detoxification.
Spicy peppers: spicy foods in general tend to make you sweat, which in turn triggers cooling mechanisms within the body.
Leafy greens: kale, spinach and collard greens have high water content and are easy to digest. Therefore, your body can save energy, which in turn keeps you cool.
TIME TO REFRESH WITH A DIY AIR-CONDITIONER
When summer heat starts kicking in, the optimal solution is to cool down with the help of an air-conditioner. If you still haven’t got one, opt for a simple DIY old-school version which will help you cool down during the summer heat. Here’s how:
1.Position a bowl filled with ice in front of a fan. The shallow pan will also work nicely.
2. The fan will spread the cooling mist from the ice in the pan as it melts, thereby creating a refreshing and cool atmosphere.
TIME TO REFRESH YOUR TOWELS
In the summer there’s nothing like going to the beach or having a refreshing shower. But the towels we use tend to pick up an odor. So, if you want them smelling fresh again, follow these steps:
1. Throw the towels in the washer with hot water and a cup of vinegar and wash them.
2. After the first cycle is over, run them through again in hot water with a half of cup of baking soda.
3. Ta-da! Dry the towels and enjoy the freshness.