June has started , the temperatures has crossed 40 degree C and everybody is too uncomfortable and irritated with the scorching heat ,outside. There are many ways to get relief from this weather and no need to give up and hide yourself inside the house. A heatwave can affect anyone, but people most at risk of health problems during the hot weather include older people, babies and young children, and those with serious chronic conditions. . The normal body temperature is 37 degree C, and if it rises above 40 degree C, it can cause severe health problems, affecting various internal organs such as the kidney and the heart.
It’s mandatory to take extra precautions to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. As the sun is beating down on us, we give you a helping hand to breeze through the summer months without feeling like you will evaporate any second.
- Avoid Direct Sunlight : Avoid or minimise exposure to sunlight from 10 AM to 3 PM. Those are the peak hours of the sun’s strength. Limit your time in the direct sun to no more than half an hour.
- Keep living space cool. If you have an air conditioner, use it. Cover windows to keep the sun from shining in. If you don’t have an air conditioner, consider going to a community cooling center. Open windows to let air circulate. At extreme high temperatures, a fan loses its ability to effectively reduce heat-related illness.
- Dress for the weather:This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style, it just means that you need to wear the right clothes for hot days. Bring out your big sunhat, and think loose clothing, light colors, and shorts. Use umbrella, when going out in summers.You can still be a rocking and cool fashionista.
- Usage of Sunscreen:. When there is extreme heat, there is more than likely extreme sun too, so you need to apply the proper SPF so as to help prevent skin cancer, brown spots, skin discolorations, and premature wrinkles. Sunscreen actually helps your body stay cool. But by using an SPF of at least 30, you are far less likely to burn, and more likely to keep cool for longer. Sunburns decrease the body’s ability to cool itself, which is of course dangerous in hot temperatures. Using SPF 50 is recommended , as you can be outside for that amount of time—fifty minutes—and won’t need to reapply until the fifty-first minute. But, if you do get a sunburn, stay out of the sun and use outrageous amounts of aloe vera.
- Check Electrolytes : During summers, it is very important for you to maintain your body electrolyte and fluid levels. In order to prevent being attacked by the heat, make sure you drink plenty of water or have something like lemonade , try iced tea, orange juice, or a sports drink. before you step out. They will replace the sodium, potassium, and chloride lost, when you sweat. Adequate amount of salt is important too as it helps in water retention. In fact, you can make an oral rehydrating solution for yourself which should be consumed if you plan to stay outdoors for a long time..
- Include Citrus Fruits and Seasonal Veggies : One’s diet plays an important role to stay safe from the heat. Avoid eating spicy and fermented foods. Eat light and in smaller portions. Load up on citrus fruits because vitamin C will help to build your immunity and provide you ,your dose of antioxidants. Include veggies like summer squash, gourds, lettuce and other cooling ingredients in your daily diet.
- Know how to get cool when you’re too hot. :Besides drinking lots and lots of water or a sports drink, if you find yourself with any heat illness symptoms, get in the shade or indoors ASAP. You should fan your body, remove excessive clothing, and place cool, damp towels or ice packs on your neck, wrists, underarms, and face.
Even hop in a tub full of cool water, or else spray yourself down with a hose. If you are still feeling the heat after 30 minutes, you should talk to your doctor immediately, as it may be possible that you have heat stroke. And heat stroke can be nasty: your body is at 105 degrees, is unable to properly cool itself, and may induce seizures and loss of consciousness.
Wish you all Cool & comfortable Summers!