With weather temperatures going as high as 36°c during the day and the sun coming out on generally cloudless skies, going out during the day might not be a favourite activity in recent times. As wonderful as being a great source for Vitamin D, too much sunshine can be bad for you.
With the increase in temperature may come a great discomfort, sweat, tiredness, loss of cognitive function, and in extreme cases, heatstroke. Here are a few tips to practice to stay safe and cool during the hot weather.
Drinking plenty of fluids can help regulate body temperature and help reduce the loss of bodily fluids. It is recommended you drink water often, even if you’re not thirsty. Also, avoid excessive consumption of drinks with caffeine, alcohol or lots of sugar.
With an increase in temperature should come a decrease in the number of clothing items worn at a particular time. Avoid wearing heavy clothes and consider wearing loose, lightweight, light-coloured clothing, preferably cotton, which can absorb extra moisture and help cool down your body.
Eat Light and Right
Avoid having heavy meals before you go out during the day because they add more heat as your body would work much harder to digest them, thereby expending energy and generating heat. Instead opt for small, light meals taken at several intervals during the day, if you have a large appetite. Also, you could drink smoothies or take fruits and vegetables, rich in water like watermelons, cucumbers and orange, fresh or juiced.
If it is not necessary to step outside, kindly stay indoors. One, you are in the comfort of shade and two, you would have a smaller probability of getting exposed to the CoronaVirus. Outdoor activities, where necessary, should be limited to morning and evening hours when it’s cooler. Rest often in shady areas and try not to overexert yourself.
When you are exposed to high temperatures and your body begins to heat up, you could take a towel dipped in water and use it to keep cool placing it on your neck and forehead. This should help bring down your body temperature.
Use Protective Gear
For those with sensitive skin, consider using a cream or body lotion that has UV protection. Put on sunglasses to protect your eyes and a hat or a cap if needed. Sunburns can impact your body’s ability to cool off and can contribute to dehydration.
Additionally, don’t leave children unsupervised alone, outside or in cars. Check on people you know who are sick or elderly, and are most likely to have problems from the heat.