Cooling tips and simple advice to help ease the discomfort and health problems brought about by rising temperatures. How to stay cool....
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- Slow Your Pace - Don't over exert yourself. If you must engage yourself physically, slow your pace and choose the coolest time of day to do so.
- Stay Indoors - If there is no air-conditioning in the home, avoid the upper floors. Remember, heat naturally rises.
- Drink Plenty of Water - Avoid dehydrating beverages (caffeinated drinks and alcohol). Iced herbal teas or healthy juice bars can be quite refreshing.
- Wear White - Choose white or lighter color clothing over black and darker shades that tend to absorb the heat, whereas white reflects the heat.
- Eat Less - Avoid eating large meals. Eating more frequently with smaller portions will be more easily digested. No need to stress your body further during a heat spell with a sluggish tummy.
- Rest - Lay down for a few minutes with a refrigerated face mask to refresh your body.
- Install a De-humidfier in your living quarters. Sticky humidty in the air factors into heat discomfort.
- Quick Cool Down Remedy - Apply ice packs or cold compresses to your pulse points.
- Do you still iron your clothes? Set up your ironing board in the basement where it is cooler and have a fan blowing your direction.
- Although fans do not lower tempatures, they will help circulate stagnant air and do help cool the body by evaporating sweat.
- Heat exhaustion and possible heatstroke symptoms include mental confusion, rapid pulse and heartbeat, dilated pupils, rapid and shallow breathing, either elevated or lowered blood pressure and unconsciousness.
- If you must run errands, be sure to take a bottle of water with you or keep a cooler in your car.