Tips for Protecting Yourself from the Summer Heat

It’s finally here, the summer heat.

For, while the temperature is soaring and the hot winds are blowing, delicious mangoes and melons entice as much as the swimming pool.

Stay cool indoors

The most efficient way to beat the summer heat is to stay in a cool or air-conditioned area. If you do not have an air conditioner consider visiting a place that is air conditioned. Shopping malls, movie theaters and public libraries are usually air-conditioned and good places to visit to get out of the summer heat.

Do not stay in or leave anyone in closed, parked cars during hot weather, especially children or pets.

Schedule outdoor activities carefully If you must be out in the heat, try to plan your activities so that you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area. Resting periodically will give your body’s thermostat a chance to recover.

Apply and Reapply Sunscreen

Even though you might be walking under shade, applying and reapplying sunscreen is important. There might be instances where there is no shading available. In these situations, protecting the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer. Sunscreen can also delay signs of aging caused by sunlight. Applying sunscreen just once in the morning is not enough. If you know in advanced that you will be in the sun for a prolonged period of time, reapplying sunscreen is vital.

Cloths

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from materials, such as cotton, so sweat can evaporate.

Do not bundle a baby in blankets or heavy clothing. Infants don’t tolerate heat well because their sweat glands are not well developed.

And do wear a hat or use an umbrella to keep the sun’s rays off your head.

Sunglasses are chic and functional. They prevent harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from scorching your corneas and protect your eyes for many more summers to come. Choose sunglasses that block 90 to 100 percent of UV rays.

Sunglasses

They prevent harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from scorching your corneas and protect your eyes for many more summers to come. Choose sunglasses that block 90 to 100 percent of UV rays.

Lip Balm

Just like sunscreen protects the rest of your skin, a lip balm with SPF protection blocks out the sun and keeps in moisture for your lips. Perfect for a day on the lake or while you’re working on that summer romance.

Food

It’s the time of the year to nourish your body with seasonal fruit and vegetables that are packed with powerful nutrients which give moisture to your skin and nourish your body, boosting it to counter the influence of the summer heat.

Eat small, frequent meals during the day and make sure you don’t skip breakfast, because it prevents low blood pressure and dizziness during very hot days.

Keep your diet light and refreshing and avoid heavy foods.

Greasy and fatty foods are likely to increase discomfort during the summer because they take a longer time to digest.

Stay Hydrated

Some people perspire more than others do. Those who do should drink as much fluid as they can during hot, humid days.

Drink lots of liquids to replace the fluids you lose from sweating. Do not wait until you feel like you need a drink. Thirst is not a reliable sign that your body needs fluids. When you exercise, you should take small sips of liquid rather than large drinks. Water is the best drink to replace lost fluids.

Do not drink alcoholic beverages or beverages with caffeine because they speed up fluid loss.

Water with salt added can be used if you sweat a lot. (Use ½ teaspoon salt in 1 quart of water.).

If you feel very hot, try to cool off. Open a window, use a fan, or turn on an air conditioner.

Avoid Exercise during peak hours

Do not exercise vigorously during the hottest times of the day. Instead, run, jog, or exercise in the cooler part of the day. If the outside temperature is 82ºF or above and the humidity is high, you should consider doing an abbreviated exercise routine.

If you feel very hot, try to cool off. Open a window, use a fan, or turn on an air cooler.

Take care of others

Use a buddy system When working in the heat or enjoying the sun, monitor the condition of your coworkers, family or friends, and have someone do the same for you. Heat-related illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. Older people and young children can be more affected by the heat. During a heat wave, if you are a senior have someone check in on you.

The best way to make the most of the season is to be well-prepared for it.

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