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Health tips for hot weather

Whilst some people really enjoy hot weather, there are plenty of people who are going to find the heat something that is really hard to cope with.

It might not be possible to keep yourself cool, even with your best efforts, but there are many different health tips you can try out in this hot weather. Things that will keep you as safe as possible as the thermometer rises.

Keep out of the heat

This may not be easy to do, especially if you have to travel or work, but the best thing you can do for yourself is to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Especially in the hottest part of the day, from 11 am to 3 pm. If you do have to go out then wear a hat and light clothes, you should also avoid too much strenuous activity or exercise too.

Cool yourself down

Now, we know that this one is easier said than done. You need to try and get yourself as cool as possible. Have lots of cold food and drinks to hand. Avoid alcohol as much as you can, and try not to have caffeine or hot drinks. If you are feeling hot, then it is a good idea to have a cool shower or put cool water on your skin or on your clothes.

Cool down your surroundings

If you want to keep your home cool, you need to ensure that your windows are closed during the day and then close them when the temperature has gone down. Electric fans can help to cool you down, but only if the temperature is less than 35 degrees.

Look out for heat-related illnesses

Anyone can contract a heat-related illness when faced with extremely hot weather. However, more often than not, it will impact those who are most at risk, such as the very young or the very old.

It is essential to look out for some of the main signs that could point to a heat-related illness. This could be feeling sick, tired, dizzy and having a headache. You may also find that the person has a heat rash and pale skin that produces excessive sweat.

Keep drinking

It is vitally important that you ensure that you are re-hydrating yourself as much as possible. Even if you don’t feel like drinking, your body will produce sweat and use valuable fluids, which you need to ensure that you replace.

Water is absolutely the best thing to drink when it is hot outside. However, you can have iced tea and other non-alcoholic drinks to keep yourself cool and have something a little different.

The weather may seem like it is overpowering right now, but the truth is that it won’t last forever. Things will seem a bit cooler in a few weeks, and we will find it much easier to cope and do our normal daily activities.

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