How to stay cool when its hot

EVERYONE looks forward to a good summer right? Who doesn’t?

Summer means heat, sweating, dryness and tan to name a few.

For some of us, summer is one of the rowdiest, most joyful and perhaps the freedom-filled season of them all.

Why? Some of us may ask.

Research has shown that summer season is good for our bodies in many ways. It is believed to be a time relief for some people who have migraines, sleep disorders and skin problems.

With the blazing sun of the summer months, remember that it is very important for us to know how to look after our body.

Here are some tips by website www.practo.com on how to stay cool.

* Keep out of the heat. Stay inside during the hottest time of the day;

* If you’re traveling by car or public transport remember to always take a bottle of water;

* Remember to wear loose, light-colored cotton clothing;

* Drink lots of fluids even if you’re not thirsty. Limit drinks that contains caffeine such as coffee and cola and remember to avoid alcohol as it increase dehydration;

* Eat a lot of salads and fruit as they contain a lot of water; and

* Take cool baths or showers.

Dehydration and overheating.

Extreme heat and humidity can cause you to dehydrate and your body to overheat. Watch out for certain signs particularly for muscle cramps in your arms, legs or stomach, mild confusion, weakness or sleep problems. If you have any of these, rest in a cool place and drink plenty of fluids. Seek medical advice if your symptoms persist or worsen.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, pale skin, heavy sweating and

a high temperature. If you have any of these symptoms you must:

* Find a cool place and loosen tight clothes;

* Drink plenty of water or fruit juice; and

* Sponge yourself with cold water or have a cool shower.

If you’re having difficulty or your symptoms persist for several hours, seek medical advice.

Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated but it can also develop suddenly and without warning. The symptoms of heatstroke include hot and redskin, headaches, nausea, intense thirst, raised temperature, confusion, aggression, and loss of consciousness.

Heatstroke is a life threating condition.

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