Entire World is in the grip of an extreme heat wave with many country and states recording highest temperatures in years. Staying cool and hydrated are your two best defenses against heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Extreme elevations in your temperature change the way your body functions, putting you at risk for potentially fatal consequences. Infants, the elderly, athletes and people who spend a lot of time outdoors are most at risk, so watch for the red flags of heat exhaustion: nausea, dizziness, weakness, headache and muscle cramps.
Keeping yourself cool is the upmost important thing this summer. Summer is starting to become more and more intense! Here are some tips and tricks on beating the heat!
1. Spend time in cool and air-conditioned places
Air conditioning generates cool air around the house that serves as protection from the heat outside. Those who do not have air conditioner at home may choose to hang out in air-conditioned places like cafes and malls.
2. Keep hydrated by drinking cold water
Make sure that you drink plenty of water, Staying hydrated is a must during this season. Better if you take in more than the standard eight glasses a day to avoid rapid fluid loss. Other cold beverages and sports drinks rich with electrolytes can also help replace minerals and cool down the body temperature at any time.
3. Consume cold and frozen treats
Frozen treats like ice cream can bring delight during hot and humid days, so fill up your refrigerators with these refreshing goodies during summer.
4. Enjoy an ice-cold water spa
Relaxing at an Ice-cold water spa helps spread refreshing feeling all over the body, starting from the feet.
To do this at home, simply soak your feet in a half-filled pail with ice cubes and water. Our body radiates heat from the palms of our hands and feet, our ears and our face, so cooling down any of these parts will eventually cool the entire body.
5. Keep a cold water spray bottle
Another simple yet effective way to lower the body temperature is by spraying yourself with cold water from a spray bottle in the refrigerator.
Spraying water over the body’s pulse points like the neck, wrist and temples of the head – where blood vessels are closer to the surface of our skin – can help the body cool down. Make sure to bring a hand towel to wipe off excess water.
6. Dress for the weather. Wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing
Tight and dark-colored clothes tend to trap heat coming from the sun, keeping our body feeling warm. For protection when outside, it’s best to cover yourself up with loose-fitting and light-colored clothing which reflects heat, helping the body maintain normal temperatures.
7. Make your refrigerator your friend
You can put household items inside the refrigerator to cool them off. Want to have a good night’s sleep during summer time? Chill your bed by placing folded sheets and pillow casings in plastic bags and letting them cool off in the fridge for a few hours. Pull them out just before going to bed for a cool and comfortable sleep.
8. Turn off appliances when unused
When appliances run on electricity, they create their own heat. So turn appliances off – laptops, lights, television – when not in use. By turning them off (and unplugging them), heat circulating within the area can be reduced.
9. Slow down
Strenuous activities should be reduced, if not eliminated, during hot days, especially during the sun’s peak hours (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). If these activities cannot be avoided, do them during the coolest time the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
10. Take a cool shower everyday
When all else fails, taking a cool shower once or twice everyday never disappoints. Frequent showers help lower body temperature while also rinsing off body sweat, making you feel a lot more comfortable even during hot days.