7 tips for not suffering the heat

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We are in the middle of summer, and like every year the various media launching shock titles like “the hottest summer of the last 100 years!” Media aside, the question we are going to answer in this article is: extreme heat, what to do? Here are some tips for not suffering the heat, therefore, like “preventing the heat” and what to do during the “post.

What can we do before, to suffer less heat and not risk taking a sunstroke or collapsing?

 

# 1 Avoiding demanding physical activities during the hottest hours (11.30am – 4.30pm)
This advice, even if chopped and withdrawn, remains a MUST, especially for children, the elderly or people with diseases;

# 2 Keep hydrated
hydration is essential, the daily requirement is 2 liters of water. However, keep in mind that sweating fluids must be replenished every hour better with mineral salts (magnesium, potassium and electrolytes). Therefore, take half a liter of water before leaving home, even if you are not thirsty. Alternatively, eat a lot of fruit so you will take the minerals you need and at the same time keep your body hydrated;

# 3 Wear light clothes
the tight-fitting clothes or synthetic, especially if dark, will make you live a real hell! Try to prefer a cotton or linen dress, quite large and light (the top would be white). Needless to say it but … try to avoid jeans, long pants and long sleeve dresses, at least for your own good;

# 4 Comfortable and breathable shoes
although it may seem a minor choice, you must remember that at extreme temperatures the blood is pushed towards the extremities to dissipate the heat and cool the blood (the exact opposite for the cold as pushed towards the center to prevent it from cooling too much) , so closed or high shoes will slow down this function;

# 5 Wear hat and glasses
during the summer the sun is much brighter and UV rays can create serious damage to the eyes, which are accentuated by reflecting or white surfaces. Moreover, what they know in a few, even the eyes have their temperature and pressure. The glasses will help keep them under the right conditions.
As far as the hat is concerned, avoid basketball shoes or those terrifying pseudo-basket flat-brimmed hats. You prefer a “boonie hat” in cotton with a circular brim (like a fisherman’s hat), so it will protect you from the sun, ears and neck.

# 6 Use sunscreen
It seems stupid, but even in the city you get hot, even in the car! Choose the protection that best suits your skin type and if you are not on holiday maybe avoid the coconut …

# 7 Water bottle always with you
it’s a bit connected to point # 2. Bring a flask with you, will allow you to stay hydrated. There are foldable bottles with very little space, or a backpack camelbak. You never know how long you will be outside and if you have water available, so always take it with you and preferably also with sachets of mineral salts.

How to suffer less heat when we are out?

– Avoid walking in the sun or making direct light efforts only;
– Avoid stopping or stopping in the sun and under direct light;
– Conditioners are not always good: sometimes you risk congestion. If you need to enter a mall or shop with air conditioning at 1000, stop just a few seconds between the door and the inside of the store to better withstand the overhang. The same rule applies for leaving the shop;
– Fans are preferable to the air conditioner: however, they “dry” the sweat that our body needs to cool down, which will make you sweat more. In this case use a handkerchief or wet ascigamane to help this function by dabbing the forehead and especially behind the ear lobes.
– If you have to do something, do it VERY SLOWLY, the slower movements will cause you to sweat less and get tired less.
– Watch out for pressure, some people with heat are suffering from low pressure and others still high. In case of low pressure, minerals are needed. To get it up, take liquorice or salt! For God, avoid alcohol!
In the case of high blood pressure, however, the one that works best is grapefruit juice (better if fresh);
– Do not drink alcohol and especially NEVER frozen drinks. This will make you sweat even more and you will only risk congestion, as opposed to what you may think hot drinks like tea will make you feel less hot, hot mint tea, try it!
– In case of intense heat and extreme, if you have any way, moisten your clothes but not the hair or the body: wetting the body “laverete” away the sweat that is much more effective than water in cooling the body.
– In the car do not put the air conditioning shot at 1000, but try to maintain a temperature between 22/24 degrees, otherwise once you get off the car the “blow” of heat felt will be very strong and in some cases you could risk the collapse;
– Last recommendation, to avoid the return to the car to finish roasting is to cover the windshield and the windows with sheets or newspaper to keep the cabin cooler.
– Avoid walking in the sun or making direct light efforts only;
– Avoid stopping or stopping in the sun and under direct light;
– Conditioners are not always good: sometimes you risk congestion. If you need to enter a mall or shop with air conditioning at 1000, stop just a few seconds between the door and the inside of the store to better withstand the overhang. The same rule applies for leaving the shop;
– Fans are preferable to the air conditioner: however, they “dry” the sweat that our body needs to cool down, which will make you sweat more. In this case use a handkerchief or wet ascigamane to help this function by dabbing the forehead and especially behind the ear lobes.
– If you have to do something, do it VERY SLOWLY, the slower movements will cause you to sweat less and get tired less.
– Watch out for pressure, some people with heat are suffering from low pressure and others still high. In case of low pressure, minerals are needed. To get it up, take liquorice or salt! For God, avoid alcohol!
In the case of high blood pressure, however, the one that works best is grapefruit juice (better if fresh);
– Do not drink alcohol and especially NEVER frozen drinks. This will make you sweat even more and you will only risk congestion, as opposed to what you may think hot drinks like tea will make you feel less hot, hot mint tea, try it!
– In case of intense heat and extreme, if you have any way, moisten your clothes but not the hair or the body: wetting the body “laverete” away the sweat that is much more effective than water in cooling the body.
– In the car do not put the air conditioning shot at 1000, but try to maintain a temperature between 22/24 degrees, otherwise once you get off the car the “blow” of heat felt will be very strong and in some cases you could risk the collapse;
– Last recommendation, to avoid the return to the car to finish roasting is to cover the windshield and the windows with sheets or newspaper to keep the cabin cooler.