We all know that the hot sweltering summer heat can drain you on your energy and rob teens of the best few months of the year. We all look forward to summer, but not the crazy heat that comes with it. Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also cause us to have low energy and feel a bit fatigued.
Chlorine, air conditioning, heat and longer days can trigger fatigue, by following some of these tips you might be able to boost your energy level and enjoy your best summer yet. Drink Plenty of Water. Hydrate yourself and do not wait to be thirsty before you drink water. You may experience dehydration or heat stroke if you do not have enough water to replenish the fluid you lose when you sweat.
Chlorine in pools can deplete your energy by attacking the thyroid gland directly. Applying a pre-swimming lotion can help block absorption of chlorine and keep your thyroid protected. DermaSwim Pro Pre-Swimming Lotion is formulated to help block the absorption of chlorine and bromine into the skin during swimming.
Extreme summer heat can create enough stress in your body to trigger fatigue-inducing toxins. Stress hormones are released when your body is trying to keep cool. Try eating a piece of peppermint or mint gum and drinking some ice water, it will create a long lasting cooling effect. Eating mint throughout days of extreme heat will also help suppress your appetite.
Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color. Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products.
Indoor air pollution can be exacerbated when the air conditioning is turned on. The sudden influx of pollutants can force your heart and lungs to work harder according to a recent article in Woman’s World which can leave you exhausted seemingly without cause. Change your air filter frequently and add plants. Houseplants can remove up to 87% of indoor air pollution. Start with the following plants for the best effect: English ivy, African violet, peace lily and Christmas cactus.
If you need an extra boost, consider these quick and easy pick-me-ups.
Look at the color red. Red has a powerful impact on your adrenal glands. Simply gazing at the color can release a burst of much needed adrenaline, and stimulate your energy.
Web MD suggests doing your best to surround yourself with positive people. Energy zappers are those moody people who can create physical symptoms of fatigue in you.
Crunch on carrots. Carrots are more than just for dieters or ex-smokers, crunching carrots can reduce stress which in turn cuts down on energy-sapping irritation by releasing a flood of calming endorphins.
Order a vanilla cone. A small vanilla ice cream cone is a fun energy booster. The scent of the vanilla alone can trigger and fine-tune your focus in a few short minutes.
Finally, use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors when you can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants, and anyone with a chronic illness, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don’t forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too.
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