How to protect your health on hot weather

How to protect your health on hot weather

How to protect your health on hot weather

Scientists say that this year will be characterized by extremely hot weather, being one of the hottest years in the last decades. The hot weather can affect your health by dehydration, exhaustion and sunburns. There are some things you can do to protect yourself and your family during extreme heat conditions:

– Drink lots of fluids; When is very hot you must increase the quantity of intake liquids. Don’t wait to become thirsty; you need to drink at least 2 liters of water during the day meaning at least 10 glasses of water.

– Don’t drink alcohol or very sweet soft drinks; Sugar and alcohol increase your dehydration.

– Stay in cool places; If you don’t have air conditioning at home go in public places that have, and stay there for few hours a day. Taking a cool shower also helps your body to cool down.

– Use sunscreen and wear the right clothes; When you are at home wear as little clothing as possible and when you go out choose loose clothes in light colors. Don’t forget to use sunscreen of minimum SPF 15.

– Limit your outdoor activities and do it only in the morning, before 11 a.m. or late in the evening, after 6 p.m.

Infants, young children and people 65 years or over, people who suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, poor circulation or are overweight are at greater risk to suffer from hot weather. Although you don’t fit in this category you should take care of yourself during extreme heat periods to keep yourself in good health.

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