It’s already 100 degrees in Texas, and feels like we are in for a very, very hot summer. Time for reminders on ways you can keep cool in the sweltering heat and also, protect yourself from sunburn and heat stroke.
Wear light colored clothes. Dark colors absorb heat. Make sure your clothing isn’t too tight. Tight clothing doesn’t allow you to sweat and cool down. Stick to light colors and flowy materials.
Get yourself a hat. Hats protect sensitive spots on the face from the blazing rays of the sun. Go glamorous with a big brimmed hat or keep it simple in a baseball cap.
Sunscreen. Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of at least 15. Use waterproof if you will be splashing around in water. Don’t forget areas that easily burn, such as nose, ears, scalp, shoulders and the back of the neck. Also get a lip balm with SPF in it. Reapply often.
Drink up. You will need to stay hydrated, so drink lots of liquids. Water, 100% fruit juice with no sugar and sports drinks are all good. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Make sure to continually sip throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as both of these will drain your body of moisture.
Nibble on the right foods. Fruits and vegetables have a high water content, so both are good options. Spicy foods will make you sweat, and sweating is your body’s natural cooling system. Low fat meats are easier for the body to digest and have a lower salt content, allowing your body to run more efficiently.
Go into hiding. Avoid going outside during peak hours between 10AM and 2PM. If you are outside, keep in the shade and stay close to somewhere you can escape the heat into some air conditioning or be able to get a beverage easily.
Instant shade. An umbrella or parasol works great to protect you in the heat. Like a hat, it protects your face and other sensitive areas. It also provides you with your own personal shade. I used an umbrella not too long ago at an outdoor concert and it helped immensely.
Signs of dehydration are:
- Dry mouth
- Tired or sleepy
- Decreased urine output and a color that is darker than normal
If you start to have the above symptoms, move out of the direct sun and get some fluids (preferably something with electrolytes) immediately.
Have more suggestions or want to share horror stories of the heat getting the best of you? Share in the comments below.
Be Safe Out There!