Hot weather in Hawthorne can also mean rising danger. Becoming too hot can make you very sick or make it hard for your body to cool down properly. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 700 people die from heat-related causes in the United States each year. To be ready to deal with the coming hot weather, you have to know what to do. Follow these tips to stay cool and healthy in this weather.
1. Stay Hydrated
Proper hydration is important if you want to avoid heat-related illnesses. Our bodies are equipped with a natural cooling mechanism — sweating! When it gets hotter, your sweat more in order to cool down. This can lead to dehydration. To keep yourself hydrated, do not wait until you feel thirsty to drink water. Do it throughout the day. If you will be physically active in hot weather, make sure you are replacing the electrolytes your body loses when sweating. Sports drinks help avoid dehydration as well as muscle cramps but go for those that don’t have too much sugar.
2. Limit Activities to Early Morning and Late Evening
In the spring and summer, you can avoid the hottest part of the day by scheduling your outdoor activities accordingly. Stay indoors, preferably in an air-conditioned room, if you can. Schedule your outdoor plans for early morning or late evenings. Avoiding the worst heat of the day helps keep your body temperature from rising to unhealthy levels.
3. Stay Out of the Sun
If you have plans to go outdoors during the day, avoiding direct sunlight is a smart idea. If you can, do your activities under the shade of a tree or building. Not only will you save yourself from sunburn but heat-related illnesses as well. Sunscreen and a hat must always be in your arsenal if you plan to be moving around in the sun. Another thing that would be helpful is a solar umbrella to shade yourself. Umbrellas like these are designed to block harmful UV rays as well as keep you stay cool.
4. Dress for Comfort
Hot weather also means you have to adjust your clothing choices so you can stay comfortable and cool the whole day. Choose lightweight, loose, breathable fabrics. Tight-fitting or heavy materials will only trap heat and put you at risk for unhealthy body temperatures. Long sleeves and pants are also helpful for maximum sun protection.
5. Avoid Alcohol & Caffeine
Not all drinks are great for hydrating. Drinks that have alcohol or caffeine might lead to dehydration. This is because these drinks cause your body to lose more liquids through urinating. Alcohol can also interfere with your body’s ability to absorb the water you do drink.
6. Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
At times you might still feel the effects of hot weather. Dizziness, nausea, or a painful headache are all signs of heat-related illnesses. These symptoms, as well as cold and clammy skin, are signs of heat exhaustion. Even worse, you might be having a heatstroke if you have symptoms like a high fever, red, hot skin, and a loss of consciousness. Get emergency medical help immediately if you experience these symptoms.
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