Six Natural Ways to Beat the Heat

body wisdom first aid simple solutions May 25, 2024

How long can we live without water? Mere hours.

Most people just don’t drink enough water.

The general rule of thumb is 1 to 3 ounces consumed every ½ hour. This isn't just the issue of hydration; this is the means for the body to ‘flush’ its cleansing systems.

Summer Dehydration

With strenuous exercise, the more one sweats and therefore, the more water one has to drink. There is a lot of debate about tap water vs. bottled water. Eight years ago I invested in a Reverse Osmosis home water purification system. The only regret I ever had was not getting it sooner.

Make Your Own Air Conditioning

Buy a length of cheese cloth or buy a few packages and sew them together end to end to create a long shawl. Dip this cloth in water and wring it out lightly. Tent this over your head and around your shoulders. You can use this to tent over a baby but be careful. This is so effective you may overly chill your baby. The wet cloth will evaporate the heat from your body. The result will be blessed cool. It keeps the bugs off too.

Biochemical cell salts

If one is drinking enough water, and is still showing signs of dehydration, the first thing I check is whether their trace mineral nutrition is adequate. [Tweet "Signs of dehydration, the first thing I check is trace minerals"] The body uses minerals to hold the water in the tissues. Tissue salts or cell salts are an excellent way to nourish the body on a cellular level. [Tweet "Heat and humidity create different stresses on our bodies"]

Cell Salts

When we are cremated, what is left over is cell salts. They are the carbon components of our own tissues. Cell salts stimulate and support proper function of cell/organ/system. They keep water in balance and feed the body at a cellular level. The Summer Cell Salts To relieve stomach upset, bloating, intestinal discomfort and lassitude consider Kali Mur, Nat Phos, and Nat Sulph. This is a safe way of helping children be more comfortable in the heat.

Expansive foods are cooling foods

In the summer we naturally gravitate to cooling hydrating foods such as celery, peaches, watermelon, and cucumber. Leafy salads also help us to beat the heat. Try a salt substitute such as Herbamere by Vogel. This is a balanced mineral salt.

Sea vegetables

Sea vegetables such as kelp, nori, or dulse in our diets can help us to keep hydrated during hot weather. This nourishes the thyroid. Our thyroid gland is responsible for temperature regulation and metabolism. Scroll Down for Recipes to beat the heat

Survive high humidity with Herbal Teas

I like to have a homemade ice tea on hand in the fridge. I start off with a herbal blend for flavour. I like Stash Meyer Lemon, or Celestial Seasons Lemon Zinger. I add a bag of Bija Heart Hawthorn tea which helps to improve circulation in the humidity. Nettles herb or Fora's Uratonic tea can be helpful if you are bothered by swelling in the heat.

Beat the Heat with Cooling East Indian Spices

 Eggplant Raita (Salad)

  • 1 Eggplant, the Oriental type, cut into small pieces
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 tsp oil Pinch of Hing
  • ½ tsp mustard seed
  • ½ tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp brown sesame seed
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Heat mustard seeds and hing in oil on medium until they start to pop Add cumin seed and sesame seeds; When cumin turns golden brown, add onion slices and spices Fry for 5 minutes on high heat Add eggplant and fry to 5 minutes Reduce heat to medium and cover Cook about 10 minutes (until eggplant is soft) Let cool to room temperature Add ½ liter of yogurt, mix and chill in fridge

Have a great summer and try and stay cool!

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