Temperatures outside are soaring. The country has experienced some very seasonably hot weather and droughts across the country. This weather has certainly taken a strong toll on the country and people. Summer heat is uncomfortable and is also especially dangerous for those with medical conditions. Hot weather could lead to dehydration and heat stroke in some individuals who are exposed to excess heat. It is easy to avoid a large number of heat related problems if we take a few necessary precautions.
Keep House Cool
No air conditioning? No problem. Here is a way to keep the temperature down in the house. Open the windows early in the morning when the dew is still fresh on the ground. Set a window fan in a large window in main rooms and bedrooms, turn up the fan. Let the fan bring in fresh morning air to cool the house temperature down. Those with air conditioning should also use a fan to help circulate the air more effectively around the house.
Stay inside where it is cooler if possible. Don't go out exercising on days when the temperature is in the danger zone. Those who insist on exercising outdoors should do so in the early mornings or early evenings when the temperature is lower.
Keep hydrated during the summer heat. This is important to maintain normal fluid levels in the body. All that sweat and perspiration during a spell of hot weather leads to losing a lot of body fluid along with electrolytes. Electrolytes help regulate the body's system. Electrolytes include components like sodium and potassium. Loss of fluid and these important electrolytes commonly leads to dehydration, stomach cramping, and heat stroke. Remember to drink plenty of fluids through the day. Drink tap water, bottled water, juices, herbal tea. Try to avoid heavy caffeine drinks and alcohol which increase the probability of dehydration.
Hot weather is certainly not the appropriate time to wear that skin tight pair of denim jeans and snug designer top you've been waiting to wear. Instead wear light colored clothing made of cotton that is loose and promotes air flow or circulation around your body.
When the weather gets hot, go shopping. Visit a local shopping center and enjoy all that free air conditioning.
Carry Chilled Water
Carry a chilled bottle of water with you when you are outdoors. This gives you quick easy way to quench your thirst while out and about. Here is a tip: Store a few bottles of water in the freezer. Remove the water bottles just before you go outside. Carry them with you. Drink the water as it melts. If you feel your temperature rising, take the chilled bottle and place it behind your neck, on your forehead, or roll over pressure points on your wrist to cool down. I like to tote one of the Nalgene Titan Water Bottles around.
I was taking a walk through the dollar store the other day and saw the cutest little fans in bright orange, pink, yellow, purple, green, and blue. These little tiny mini sized fans are made of plastic with safe rubber blades and run on batteries. They are so tiny that they easily fit in your purse. The best part is that they produce a lot of air. It is fun and cooling to whip out your own personal size fan on a hot day. Purchase several of these or the cool misting fans to keep cool.
Many elderly people and those with medical conditions can't take the heat and get dehydrated quickly. If you know elderly folks or people with medical conditions, give them a call or stop by to visit to make sure they are surviving the hot weather.