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Stay Cool In the Heat

By Paul Rothbart

Summer opens up a lot of possibilities for outdoor fun. But on those really hot days, it can be uncomfortable inside or out. Nobody wants to feel sweaty, sticky, and lethargic. You could sit all day in an air conditioned room if you have one, but unless you're a hermit, you are going to be spending some time outside or in rooms that are not cooled. It's also nice to give the environment a break and not run the air conditioner all the time. So, do you just suck it up and melt? No, there are other ways to help you stay cool. Here are some tips for beating the heat. 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

There was no question that this would be the first tip. The hotter it gets, the more water you need. Sweat is the way your body cools itself and attempts to stay in homeostasis, a safe, steady temperature. Every drop of sweat is lost moisture. Think of how it pours out of you on those crazy hot days. That's a lot of water loss. It is essential to drink water all day, a pint or so at a time. Your body cannot cool itself without water. Other cold drinks such as iced tea work well too, but avoid iced coffee. It's a diuretic that will just cause you to lose even more water. 

Stay Out of the Sun During the Hottest Part of the Day

The sun's rays are most direct from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is therefore the hottest part of the day. If you don't have to be outside, don't be. This is when the risk of sunburn, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion is the highest. If you have yardwork or other outdoor chores, try to do them in the morning or early evening when the sun is lower in the sky. 

Dress for the Heat

When it's cold, you wear layers for warmth. There is also a proper way to dress for hot weather. Wear lightweight, loose clothing made of breathable fabric like cotton. Light colors will reflect the sun and not absorb heat the way dark ones will. This includes footwear. Sweaty feet are uncomfortable and can develop fungus. Sandals, flip-flops, and open toe shoes are a good choice where appropriate. Just as with clothing, light colors and lightweight materials are best for shoes. A hat is important to protect your face from the sun. Straw hats are light and breathable and do the job well. Don't forget a good pair of sunglasses. You'll look cool and your eyes will be protected.

I love summer. It's a fun time of year but blazing hot days are not so much fun. By following these tips, you can stay cool and enjoy each day all summer long. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in National City, Calif.

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