Heat and keeping cool: The myths

Heat and keeping cool: The myths

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on August 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 6:39 PM

This sweltering weather may have you thinking of everything you’ve ever heard about how to keep cool.

Maybe your Mom or Dad would take you for ice cream or put a cool cloth on your head.

After a Google search of how to keep cool, we put together a list of the most common suggestions and took them to an expert.

The first recommendation, eat hot foods or drink hot tea.

“My Mom always said to get used to the heat from the inside out so I like hot and sour soup on a warm day,” said Randy Lewis as he shopped at Uwajimaya in Beaverton.

We asked Providence naturopath Dr. Ken Weizer about drinking hot tea or eating a spicy meal.

“It can be cooling for some people. It opens the blood vessels and causes you to sweat and the sweating can feel good because it evaporates.”

But it doesn’t work for everyone and cold tea and chilled foods are usually better options according to Weizer. Another popular suggestion is to sleep on a bamboo mat. They’re sold locally at Uwajimaya and at several online sites.

Manufacturers claim they absorb heat and allow good ventilation.

“I’ve never heard of that,” said Weizer “but it does help to sleep on the floor because the lower you are in the room, the lower the temperature will be.”

Beaverton resident Carl Clark cools himself by putting his feet in cold water wiith plenty of ice.

“It makes me feel like I’m in a swimming pool,” he remarked. It’s a good idea according to Weizer, “Cooling any part of your body like your hands, wrists or back will lower your body’s core temperature.” The best time to cool your core is at bedtime and it can last through the night.

Weizer recommends putting your pillow case in the freezer or a pan of ice in front of your fan.

“Sipping water throughout the day is also important, “ he added, “ any of these small steps can make the difference in whether you’ll get dehydrated in this summer heat wave.”

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