MadameNoire Featured Video, 2005, Cologne, Germany.

Once temperatures reach their highest points in the summer, your brain just doesn’t work as well. All you want to do is stand in front of the open freezer door or move your bed into a swimming pool. We all go a little nuts when it’s hot out, so once that occurs, we are in no condition to take the steps we need to ensure a healthy summer. When desperate, I’ve dropped too much money on handheld fans and boxes of pre-cut watermelon being sold on the side of the road. Nobody is thinking straight when it feels like their face is melting off. So, if you want a healthy, cooler, easier summer, now is the time to prepare for it. Stores are beginning to offer summer essentials, but their shelves haven’t been totally wiped clean (and the prices aren’t insane just yet). Here are things you should do now for a healthier, more pleasant summer.

black woman drinking water


Get a better filter

Staying hydrated is essential in the summer, but something tells me your water filter could use an update. Consider investing in a bigger, better filtration system like this one. It holds a ton of water, so you only need to refill it every couple of days—as opposed to having to refill it every time you use it like smaller ones. And it naturally keeps water cool.

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