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Tips to Stay Cool and Healthy This Summer

Tips to Stay Cool and Healthy This Summer

Sunshine and warmth are what make summer amazing, but scorching temperatures can turn your fun into a struggle. The Department of Health (DOH) has already reported 34 cases of heat-related illnesses from January 1 to April 18, 2024, as the heat index in some parts of the country soars to dangerous levels.

Here's the thing: the heat index, which combines air temperature and humidity, tells us how hot it really feels  –  and it can be much higher than the thermometer reading.

Don't let the heat hold you back! Here are essential tips from the DOH to keep you cool, comfortable, and healthy all summer long. We'll also share some crucial reminders about what to keep out of your car under the scorching sun.

Staying Cool and Healthy

Staying Cool and Healthy

1. Hydration is key

Water is your best friend in the summer. Sweating helps regulate your body temperature, but it also means you lose fluids. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty.

The Department of Health (DOH) also suggests creating your own rehydration drink at home rather than relying on commercial sports drinks. Simply take a glass of water and add a pinch of salt to it. This homemade rehydration drink helps replenish electrolytes lost through sweating and is a cost-effective and healthier alternative to store-bought beverages.

Don't forget, fruits like watermelon, cucumber, and oranges are also packed with water and essential nutrients!

2. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays

Sunscreen is your shield against harmful UV rays. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapply every two hours, especially when outdoors. Don’t forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for added protection.

3. Dress for comfort

Ditch those tight-fitting clothes! Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton or linen helps in keeping your body cool and comfortable. Lighter colors also reflect heat, so go for pastels and whites over dark shades.

4. Stay indoors during peak heat hours

The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If possible, limit outdoor activities during these hours. Plan your activities for the early morning or late evening when the temperature is relatively cooler.

5. Cool down your spaces

Keep your home cool with proper ventilation. Use fans or air conditioners if possible. If not, open windows and doors to create a cross breeze. The DOH also suggests using damp towels or a cool mist spray to lower your body temperature. These are simple ways you can do to avoid excessive water and power consumption.

What Not to Leave in Your Car During Hot Days

What Not to Leave in Your Car During Hot Days

1. Plastic bottles

High temperatures can lead to chemicals like antimony leaching from plastic bottles into your drink, posing risks to your eyes, skin, and overall health, including issues with the lungs, heart, and stomach.

2. Food items

Hot cars are breeding grounds for bacteria! Perishable foods like dairy products, meat, and leftovers should be consumed right away. Never leave them in your car for later to avoid foodborne illnesses.

3. Medication

Extreme heat can break down medications, making them less effective or even harmful. Never leave them in your car and keep them in a cool, dry place to maintain their potency.

4. Sunscreens and beauty products

Sunscreen and beauty products lose their effectiveness when exposed to high temperatures. The heat can damage these products, making them less reliable for sun protection or skin care.

Summer is a time for fun outdoor activities and relaxation, but it’s essential to prioritize your health and well-being. Remember to stay hydrated, protect your skin, be mindful of items you leave inside your car, and don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you need medical guidance.

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