With the extremely hot weather conditions and the schools/offices re-opening, it has become very difficult for people to cope with the high temperature, especially for students. Although numerous universities and workplaces have air conditioners, many in schools and at work are having a hard time dealing with the heatwave. Moreover, the news of fatal heatwaves in India and Pakistan has also alarmed many.
It is necessary to know the measures one can take to protect themselves from the heatwave.
If you’re struggling with the hot weather, here are some ways in which you can survive the heat-related illnesses:
1- Stay hydrated
If you’re sweating, you should make sure that you replace the electrolytes in your body. You can do this by drinking electrolyte replacement drinks or by eating a small amount of food with your water.
You should also consider drinking more water than you do usually even if you don’t feel thirsty.
2- Avoid caffeine
It is essential that you avoid or at least minimize caffeine intake. This is because caffeine acts as a diuretic and can dehydrate your body.
3- Eliminate all the unneeded sources of heat
The appliances left running without any reason, incandescent bulbs, computers and etc. can generate heat as well.
4- Educate yourself by knowing the heat-related illnesses and their symptoms
Be aware of the signs of heat emergencies such as heat exhaustion, heat rash, heatstroke, and more. Knowing the symptoms will help you know when to call for help.
5- Avoid consuming large, protein-rich meals
This is recommended because protein-rich meals can increase metabolic heat and hence end up warming the body.
6- Take frequent cool showers
Frequent cool showers would help keep your body temperature low. Moreover, it would also make you feel good and pleasant. Make sure you take a cold shower before going to bed if you have had a day of sun exposure.
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