Cool down this summer: all the tips!

[Article updated on 19/09/2023]

With the heat, the sun at its peak and the long days where we make the most of the day, it is very important to know all the tips to cool off.

Before reading on

I’m not an expert in this field, but I am passionate about nutrition and health.

The articles you’ll find on my site are the result of in-depth research that I’d like to share with you. However, I would like to stress that I am not a health professional and that my advice should in no way replace that of a qualified physician. I’m here to guide you, but it’s important that you consult a professional for specific questions or medical concerns. Your well-being is important. So be sure to consult the appropriate experts and take the best possible care of yourself.

This summer article will give you all the useful advice to adopt the right actions now to find freshness in all forms!

Hydration: the basis!

Hydration is an essential aspect of our health because our bodies need water to function properly. Water plays a crucial role in transporting nutrients, eliminating waste, regulating body temperature and maintaining electrolyte balance.

  • Recommended quantity: Water needs vary from person to person depending on many factors but in general it is advisable to drink around 8 glasses of water per day, or around 1.5 to 2 liters. However, especially during hot periods, it is important to drink more, up to 2.5 liters/day.
  • Signs of dehydration: It is important to recognize the signs of dehydration in order to react quickly. Early symptoms include feeling thirsty, dry mouth, fatigue, headaches and decreased urine production. Severe dehydration can lead to serious complications, such as electrolyte disturbances (vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating), muscle cramps, dizziness, or even heatstroke.
  • Sources of hydration: Pure water is the best source of hydration but other liquids also contribute. Fresh, self-pressed juices, herbal teas, no-sugar-added teas, and milk-based beverages (like milk itself or plant-based alternatives) can also help maintain adequate hydration.
  • Hydrating foods : Certain foods are naturally rich in water and can contribute to our hydration. Fruits: watermelon, melon, citrus fruits and vegetables: cucumber, lettuce, radishes, zucchini, etc. have a high water content. Incorporating these foods into your daily diet will be an additional way to maintain good hydration.
A person holding a bottle of water in a park.

Sorbets or ice creams?

Ice creams and sorbets each have their own characteristics and benefits. Choosing between the two depends on several factors, including personal preference and lactose sensitivity.

Composition and texture: Ice creams are made primarily from milk, cream, sugar and flavorings, giving them a creamy, high-fat texture. They also often contain egg yolks for a smoother consistency.

Sorbets are made from fresh fruit or fruit juice, water and sugar. They are dairy-free and have a lighter texture.

Fat content and calories: Due to their high fat content, ice creams generally have more calories than sorbets. Sorbets are lighter and contain less saturated fat.

Lactose intolerance : People with lactose intolerance should avoid traditional ice creams due to their high dairy content. Sorbets are a lactose-free alternative, making them more suitable for people with digestive sensitivities.

In any case, it is essential to consume frozen desserts in moderation because they often contain a lot of sugar and calories. The ideal is to favor homemade versions made from natural ingredients and to avoid industrial products containing additives and preservatives.

By making informed choices and moderating your consumption, you can enjoy these delicious frozen treats while maintaining a healthy dietary balance.

Portions: A serving of ice cream is often smaller than a serving of sorbet due to the higher energy density of ice cream. If you have difficulty checking/respecting your quantities, choosing sorbets can help you avoid excessive calorie consumption.

ice cream with some toppings

Remember to refresh your body!

Use simple methods to cool off, such as taking a cool shower, soaking your feet in cold water, or using a water mister to spray on your face and body. You can also apply a damp towel to your forehead and neck to cool down quickly.

Dress lightly with a positive body image

Dressing lightly and having a positive body image go hand in hand, as self-confidence and well-being are essential to feeling comfortable in your clothes.

  • Choose clothes that flatter you: Opt for outfits that flatter your figure and highlight your assets. Don’t be afraid to try different cuts and styles to find the ones that make you feel good.
  • Prioritize comfort: Light, loose, breathable clothing is perfect for hot days. Look for natural fabrics like cotton or linen, which allow your skin to breathe. When you feel comfortable in your clothes, you radiate confidence.
  • Avoid comparisons: Every body is unique and beautiful in its own way. Avoid comparing yourself to others and focus on what makes you special and unique. Learn to appreciate your body as it is.
  • Be kind to yourself: If you find yourself criticizing your appearance, stop and replace those negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Remember that you deserve to be loved and accepted just as you are.
  • Experiment with fashion: Fashion is a fun way to express your personality. Try new colors, patterns and accessories to spice up your style. When you enjoy dressing yourself, it reinforces your positive body image.
  • Surround yourself with support : Having a circle of support is essential to boosting your self-confidence. Spend time with people who value you and encourage you to feel good about yourself.

I hope that through these tips you will find those that will be useful to you and that fit into your daily life today in order to make your summer fresh and light with ease.