The United States has been plagued with extreme heat for the last few months. Here are a few ways to help you stay cool and survive the heat.
Start Early: If you have to be or work outside, try to plan all activities early in the day. If you can do what you need to before the sun comes up, do it. If not, try to avoid when the sun has reached its peak.
Dress Appropriately: Wear clothes that are made of breathable fabrics. You should also choose light colors versus those with darker colors.
Stop and Rest When You Need To: Although you may want to finish mowing the lawn in one day, you should always stop to rest when you start to feel sick or overheated. If you don’t, you may suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke which could have serious consequences.
Use Sunscreen: Sunscreen will help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
Stay Hydrated: Regardless of your activity level, you should drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink something and avoid alcohol and sugary drinks. It’s recommended that you have between two to four glasses of fluids every hour for maximum hydration.
Drink Cool Water: Believe it or not, drinks that are too cold could cause a shock to your body.
Replace Your Salt Intake: Sweating removes salt and minerals from your body. The best way to replace it is to drink between two to four glasses of water an hour or sports drinks.
It’s Good To Sweat: When you stop sweating, it’s a sign of heat exhaustion.
Air Conditioning Is Your Friend: The best way to beat the heat is to stay indoors and crank on the air conditioner.