Heat kills, plain and simple. Heat-related deaths in the U.S. rose by 56 percent in the past five years. In 2021, they topped out at close to 1,600 people. This year there is another significant increase as sizable portions of the country face extreme heat and drought conditions. Regardless of the reasons, there are significant consequences for people. WellWell wants to help everyone stay cool and healthy by collecting some of the best advice available to beat the heat. Read on.
It doesn’t matter if a person is thirsty. When the heat rises, it is vital to drink water to replace fluids lost during extreme temperatures. Always have a bottle nearby.
Fans may seem like a good idea, but they may not be. If indoor air temperatures rise above 95 degrees, they can do more harm than good because they may lead to a rise in body temperatures. Moving to an air-conditioned environment is one solution, but if that’s not possible, take cool showers and block out the sun with curtains until outside temperatures lower.
Drinking water is only one solution to beating the heat. Soaking feet in buckets or basins of H2O also helps, as does placing wet towels on shoulders and heads. A refreshing spritz of water also helps to cool a person.
If a home environment is air-conditioned, look for a public cooling center for relief. Many municipalities set these facilities up to help when extreme temperatures hit. Find one online; even a few hours in a cooling center can provide lasting relief.
This may sound obvious, but many people still do dumb things in hot times, like being physically active during the hottest part of the day. Think again. When temperatures soar, limit outdoor activities and wait for cooler periods to exercise, yard work or any other strenuous outdoor activity.
If it’s hot, dress cool. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Better still if the gear has built-in UV ray protection and is moisture-wicking. Oh yeah, please wear a hat and sunglasses if going outside.
On scorching days, think of lighter meals like salads or sushi. Cooler foods are also a winner. The reason is that eating and digestion generate heat in the body, which is the last thing anyone needs when temperatures are dangerously high.
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