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Staying cool & healthy in the heat

July 24, 2021

Staying cool & healthy in the heat

Intense heat and humidity with little to no air conditioning can be a struggle for most of us!

And so, implementing simple yet effective techniques for staying cool & healthy in the heat might just make all the difference!

In this blog post we outline some important facts and information to be aware of when dealing with hot temperatures as well as some smart ways to stay cool & healthy in the heat.

 

If you haven’t notices, the earth is getting hotter and seasons all the more extreme, no thanks to climate change. And for those of us living in Ireland, a country designed to keep heat in the homes, the recent heatwave has come at a bit of a shock to the system for many.

 

Warning signs to be aware of

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion occurs when several factors combine to overload your body’s natural cooling system, factors such as dehydration and overheating. People in the midst of heat exhaustion may be combative and confused, often refusing help. When struggling with heat exhaustion there are several things you can do:

Symptoms

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Dizziness & headaches
  • Fainting

Solution

  • Sit in a cool shaded area
  • Loosen your clothes
  • Put cool, wet clothes on your body or take a cool bath
  • Sip water
  • Call for emergency help if the person begins throwing up or symptoms are getting worse.

 

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is an escalation of heat exhaustion that goes on for too long. A person with this is in serious danger & required immediate attention.

Symptoms

  • High body temperature (40C)
  • Hot, red, dry or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fainting

Solution

  • Sit in a cool, shaded place
  • Wear cool clothes or take a cool bath
  • Don’t drink any liquids
  • Call the emergency services

 

How to stay cool & healthy in the heat

Circulate air

Use a fan to circulate air. Moving air can drastically lower the perceived temperature & when opening windows its best to open two windows to generate a cross breeze, the hot air out, the cool air in.

 

Blackout curtains

Keep your windows open but your blinds or curtains pulled to avoid the sun directly building up heat in your rooms throughout the day.

 

Damp cloths

You've got four major arteries on your body where the application of something cold or hot makes a great impact on your body temperature: your groin, armpits, and the back of your neck. The easiest one to chill is the back of your neck. Cool water is your friend, here, but even ambient-temperature water is better than nothing.

 

Hydration

You can easily sweat out your much needed fluids in extreme heat so its vital to keep sipping your water throughout the day and as you begin to sweat more you could swap your water for an electrolyte filled drink such as coconut water, Gatorade, and Powerade. Things like that. Electrolytes are minerals in your body such as sodium and potassium that have an electric charge, and your body needs them to function. When you sweat them out, you must replace them.

 

Eat the right foods

Even if your pee is clear, you can still be dehydrated. Plain water, on an empty stomach, speeds through the body. The digestive system recognizes that there are no nutrients to absorb from the water, and without food to digest—which requires water—the body gives it the green light to pass through the body as fast as it wants. Any kind of food can help, from fresh oranges to a Snickers bar. But the best is salty food. Salt in your body helps absorb and hold onto the water you drink.

 

See our range of skincare for summer HERE

Read more about staying safe in the sun HERE





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