environmentalism

BABY IT’S HOT OUSSIDE. TAKE A CHILL PILL, HOW BOW DAH?

Hugh Jackman might’ve saved Zac Efron from a fire recently but he ain’t coming around to save you guys from this scalding heat.

Read on or listen (link to the audio is posted right below) to know how to keep yourself cool and beat the heat this summer season.

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FOOD AND DRINKS

  1. Drink loads of water. Zing up the normal water by adding lemon wedges, mint, vitamin-C enriched fruits (oranges, kiwis, strawberries, anything!). Water maintains your body temperature and keeps you going through the day.
  2. Having coconut water daily (if you can, that is), nothing like it.
  3. Eat loads of seasonal fruits and veggies. There are just so many options around. The good ol’ APPLE, the ever-so-good APRICOT, the summer specials, WATERMELON and MANGO. Just go for ’em.
  4. Avoid very spicy and very salty food, meats, alcohol and caffeine. I mean don’t avoid them like the plaque but don’t go overboard with them.
  5. Ditch your regular Chai for green teas and infusions. There are amazing varieties of these available in the market. You can even make them at home using cardamom, fennel seeds, mint, lemon, fenugreek seeds, honey, peppermint etc. Flower teas are amazing too. You can use rose buds and chrysanthemum flowers to start with. These can easily be found.
  6. This one is preferably the most loved drink by anyone who is above 40 years of age and widely loathed by people below 25 years: ALOEVERA JUICE! As much as I hate to admit, it is actually pretty wonderful.
    (Note to everyone who is fed this magical potion forcefully inspired by my works, I am deeply SORRY. Also, I feel you guys.

PLANTS (My favourite option)
Keeping these plants can drastically bring down the temperatures inside your home. Which means you become more energy efficient because you use your appliances lesser and therefore your electricity bills get decimated. Now, that’s just Einstein-level smartness.

Also, people who do not believe these claims are welcome to visit my house and witness the verity of my claims. Plus, I love that look on people’s faces when they are proven wrong. Okay, moving on, here’s a list of those most amazing flora varieties.

  1. Aloe vera: Slit it open and apply the pulp if you get nasty sunburns and it also cools and purifies the air too. Double whammy!
  2. Areca Palm: Not only does it cool the air, it removes hell loads of toxins from it too. It is a natural air humidifier and it makes your home look OH-SO-GORGEOUS!
  3. Ficus Tree: Another wondrous plant that purifies the air whilst keeping your home cool.
  4. Snake Plant: Also called as the Mother-in-Law’s tongue and rightly so because the characteristic of toxicity is central to both of them. This plant removes a plethora of toxins from the air while keeping your house cool. Quite contrary to its name, No? But, how cool is that? Voted #1 air-purifying plant by NASA too.
  5. Money Plant: One of the easiest growing and most widely grown plant is actually also a miracle plant. It thrives both indoors and outdoors, survives in soil and water alike and looks absolutely stunning anywhere it is planted. If you are not really a plant lover but want to keep your house cool and the air purified, this one’s just right for you.

TECHNOLOGY
Most people do not understand the relevance of the words Technology and Green in one sentence. But let me tell you, they go hand in hand. From switching to energy-efficient appliances to merely switching to greener habits there are plenty options that fall under this category. Read on to know how…

  1. Make use of natural light whenever possible. Replace your incandescent lights with LEDs and CFLs. They are more energy-efficient and cooler (I mean both literally and figuratively) alternatives.
  2. Switch off your appliances when not in use. You really don’t have to be tech-savvy to understand that gadgets and appliances give off heat when in use, just touch them and you’ll know 🙂
  3. Use coolers instead of ACs. The former are more energy efficient and less environmentally damaging.

By all this, I do not mean that one should completely phase out the use of air conditioners but we should limit its use.

CLOTHING
The kind of clothes you wear; material, texture, colour et al have a huge role to play in maintaining your body temperature during summers. Let me tell you how.

  1. Wear clothes that are flowy and made of breathable fabric like cotton or khadi. It lets your skin breathe by allowing air to pass through it.
  2. Avoid wearing too tight clothes or those made of synthetic material.
  3. If your work demands you to be outdoors a lot, carry a scarf/hat/cap with you to cover your head. Keeping your head cool is half the battle won.
  4. Wear light coloured clothes. They don’t absorb as much heat as darker clothes do.

BEHAVIOUR
If you ask me, this is probably the most important category among all. Taking baby steps towards a green lifestyle is always the best option.

  1. First and foremost, come out of the cold. I mean you need to start adjusting your internal dial. Just try not to switch on the AC every time.  Don’t behave as if you’re gonna die. You probably won’t because of not switching it on but otherwise. I know it’s hard but it is doable. Ask me! It’s 40 degrees outside already and I am surviving on just FANS. No AC, I swear! It’s just a matter of making your body used to the heat and eventually come out building a tolerance towards the heat which will make you survive summers better. More so, in the times to come.
    I am not even bullshitting, this is called “ADAPTING” and this is one of the best ways you can survive the effects of CLIMATE CHANGE. Yes, it’s real and happening, no matter what TRUMP says.
  2. Take a bath EVERY DAY. I literally mean it in shouty capitals. Not only it is extremely normal and hygienic to do so but it also takes the heat off off your body. Actually, taking a bath twice daily is also not a bad idea.
    (NOTE: I am using the word BATH and not SHOWER here. A spin-off blog on this one will be following soon. So, stay tuned.
  3. Keep the blinds drawn during the day to cut the heat out.
  4. Keep your house exteriors light in colour. Darker shades absorb more heat.

 

The list is never-ending and there are lots of alternatives too. I have tried to summarise as many as I remember and the most common ones in this article. So, if you have any suggestions, more of these cool ideas to share, any corrections or want more details on any of the aforementioned points (even if you want the recipes or how-to’s of the green teas/infusions, hit me up), please don’t hesitate to ask. I will be more than happy to help you out there!

For now, Adios.

Please do LIKE and SHARE if you liked the article. Your encouragement will be highly appreciated! Looking forward to your readership in the articles to come.

Also a very humble request to ya’ll.
Just as we feel the heat, animals do too. So please buy a water trough, fill it with water and place it on your balcony or outside your homes for birds and stray animals to drink from.
Muchas Gracias.

 

 

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