YES, WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HEATWAVE!!

For the past few days, we have been experiencing extreme hot conditions.  And the fact that here in South Africa where we experience some of the hottest summers the weather channels have issued HEATWAVE warnings says a lot.

To make things worse we are experiencing one of the biggest droughts in 30 years!!

So just how do we keep cool in these extremely hot conditions?

DRINK ALOT OF WATER!

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Drink, drink, drink. Keep taking in water the whole day. Staying hydrated is key and it helps your body cool down. Alternatively, you can fill a bucket of water and stick your feet in there. It will cool you right down.

Foods that are known to reduce body heat.

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Eat lighter portioned meals throughout the day, and eat them more often. Try not to cook in front of a hot oven.  Foods can account for around 20-30% of our fluid intake, and there are some that contain more water than others.

Rather opt for salads and fish, or fruits like:

Strawberries
Cucumber
Courgettes
Celery
Lettuce
Melon

Avoid using objects that heat up!

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Avoid ovens, switching on main lights at night.  And try to stay away from using your hair dryer or straightener for those hot days.  I have opted to wear my hair high up in a nice sock bun which I feel keeps me a lot cooler.

Lastly, wear thin light clothing.  I live in my sundresses in summer.  They are airy and flowy and don’t tend to cling to my body. Stay out of the sun as much as possible.  And if you do go out to swim always remember the sunscreen.  And please don’t forget your animals.  They suffer as well.  Keep their water cool, and give them a cool place to relax.

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HAVE A HAPPY SUMMER!!

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