Summer is here, it is time to rejoice. However, do be wary of some potential health risks that this season can pose. Summer heatwaves can often be dangerous and pose a serious threat to your health, risks like hyperthermia, heatstroke and dehydration are all pretty common during this time. Here are some hot weather tips to help you get through this season safely.
Summer heatwaves, when severe, can result in dehydration from the amount of water lost through swear in your body. Therefore, it is important to replenish those electrolytes and keep hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not currently feel thirsty. Reduce your intake of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as these have diuretic properties, and can only further dehydrate your body. Opt for options like water or sports drinks to replenish the minerals lost in your body. Fruits and vegetables are also recommended to help keep you hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you when you head out, and be sure to drink in intervals.
Protect Your Skin
Exposure to UV rays from the sun can lead to many detrimental effects, like premature aging of the skin, sunburn, and damage to the eyes. To counter this, it is important to protect your skin before you get exposed to the sun’s rays. Try to use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when going outside, even on days where the sun may not be as glaring. Use sunscreen with a higher SPF if going to places like the beach, or the park, where the sun’s exposure is much more poignant. Reapply sunscreen in intervals and try to stay in shaded areas to avoid too much of the sun’s glare. It is good to make sure that the sunblock you are using blocks both UVA and UVB rays as well.
Wear Light Clothing
To keep cool and comfortable, try to opt for light-colored and loose-fitting clothes instead. Natural fabrics like cotton are more useful in trying to keep cool as compared to synthetic fibers. Wear a hat or sunglasses if the sun is overly glaring that day.
Beware of Heat Stroke
Heatstroke can occur when the body becomes unable to regulate its own temperature. It is important to be mindful of premature signs which can include confusion, disorientation, excessive fatigue, headache, nausea, and lethargy. Call a doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Opt for Cooling Food
To counter the heat from the summer, you could opt for some ‘cooling’ treats like ice cream, frozen yogurt, or an iced smoothie to help keep cool during the summer heat.
Stay Safe and Healthy with Conservatory At North Austin
Here at Conservatory at North Austin, we have attentive team members that would look out for you. We provide high-quality care and ensure that you stay safe and cool during the summer. Contact us now to learn more about how we can provide you with a warm and sustainable community to spend your retirement years.