I’m a doctor – here’s 3 unusual ways to stay cool today as temperatures soar | The Sun

BRITS are currently trying to beat the heat as temperatures soar today.

It's set to reach sweltering highs in some places and many people have flocked to beauty spots to enjoy the sunshine.

But for others, the conditions will be unbearable – with staying cool being the top priority.

It might feel as though you've exhausted every option, whether that's dotting fans around your house or taking cool baths.

However, one doctor has revealed the three ways that you can stay cool.

EAT SPICY

Posting to TikTok, Dr Karan Rajan said eating something spicy could help you cope with the heat.

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He said: "The fiery chemical capsaicin found in food binds to heat receptors throughout your body raising your internal temperature.

"This increases blood circulation and sweating.

"As the sweat evaporates from your body it removes heat – cooling you down."

EAT/DRINK MINT

Dr Rajan advised you should also have some mints.

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He explained: "Menthol binds to a protein in your body that's sensitive to the cold.

"So it tricks your brain, giving you the illusion of a cold sensation.

"And you can slay dragon breath at the same time," he added.

FIND SOME PLANTS

While they might look pretty, Dr Rajan said plants can also help you during the heatwave.

He said you should find some green and explained: "Plants don't just block the sun and are actually natural air conditioners.

"Plants take moisture from the soil and then exhale it through the leaves.

"There you have evaporative cooling", he added.

Dr Rajan has previously given advice on how to spot dehydration during the heatwave – as water firms yesterday warned taps could run dry in the following days as the country continues to heat up.

His unusual signs to watch for included dry eyes, bad breath and sugar cravings.

The other key signs of dehydration include extreme thirst, headaches and tiredness.

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You might also experience darker urine or feel dizzy.

If this is the case you should speak to a pharmacist who can help with  rehydration sachets that replenish the electrolytes in your body.

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