It is sweltering hot – dangerously hot – in many areas of the States. Right here, on my block, it hit an all time high yesterday of 103 degrees! I ran whatever errands I needed to \’run\’ at a crawl with a bottle of ice water in one hand and a \’spritzer\’ (a.k.a. spray bottle filled with ice water) in the other! And i wondered how people managed – heck how I managed – before air-conditioners.

Yes, people. There was a time when we managed to get through the summer without air-conditioners! How did we get through those long dog-dayso f summer and oh … how about those steamy nights? With Kick Tush strategies, that\’s how. Here are some of my best \’cool down\’ tips. But first … a faToid!

faToid: Most people sweat at 78 degrees!

7 Simple Summertime Strategies to Beat the Heat and Save Money & Energy

White Rice to the Rescue: Dense and starchy, rice \’holds\’ cold for a long period of time. So … get those cotton socks out of the dresser, fill them up with white rice, tie the end in a knot and freeze for two hours before bedtime. Then … slide them under the sheets. Oh Baby …. Cool down as you turn hot to steamy!

Catch an Island Breeze: Fill a shallow bowl with ice, place it in front of the fan and strategically stand or sit in front of it. The perfect ice melts: you cool ratio.

Thermal Regulation: Keep a water-filled spray bottle or two in your fridge.   It makes for a most excellent portable cooling device; you can spritz and spray anywhere. Bring one for a loved one. Lest, they keep borrowing yours!

Send Chilling Messages: Start icing, spritzing and cooling your wrists first, followed quickly by your feet. Thus, you start cooling down the blood that flows through your veins. The blood vessels will send \’chilling\’ messages throughout your body. 

Cool Down with Hot Stuff: Hot chili peppers (and other spicy foods) contain a chemical compound called capsaicin. This spicy devil helps us to sweat. The sweat evaporates and we cool down.

Bottoms Up: With all that sweating going on, be careful to replenish your liquids! Best sources are water (duh) and water-filled foods. Watermelon has more water content than any other food out there!   

Kitchen Closed: Do not even think about turning on the oven. Opt for summer salads. They are water filled, so they keep you hydrated and they are easy to digest. And in the cool of the night, get the grill a\’going. When the sun is down, grill up extra fruits and veggies for the next day!

Spread the word (NOT the icing!),

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Janice Taylor, is a Weight Loss Coach and Certified Hypnotist. She is the author of Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal and creator of the popular e-newsletter Kick in the Tush Club.