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Coping with Hot Weather

Coping with Hot Weather

Many people love the summer and the hot weather it (usually!) brings, but for others amongst us it is a time when we feel drained, exhausted and generally over heated!  The two physical risks of being too hot are dehydration and heat exhaustion / heat stroke.  Anyone can suffer, but the most vulnerable groups are the elderly and the very young. 

There are things you can do to help cope on a practical level, such as stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm), drink plenty of cool fluids (preferably water or diluted fruit juice, and avoid too much caffeine or sugary drinks) but don’t add ice as this can make you feel even hotter afterwards.  If it is hotter outside than in, shut windows and curtains to keep the sun out, using shades outside of the windows will stop the glass acting as a heater, only open the windows once it has cooled down outside.  Have a cool bath or shower and wear loose, cool clothing, put on a hat if you have to go outside and sun glasses will help stop squinting which can cause headaches – oh and don’t forget the sunscreen – factor 50 is best. 

People often get more stressed during hot weather, especially when it continues day in day out.  An effective way to reduce this heat related stress is by aromatherapy.  With the use of carefully chosen essential oils it is possible to relax and feel cooler.  A quick cooling tip is to use either lavender or peppermint oil in cold water then dip in a flannel, wring out slightly and place it over your forehead. 

Acupuncture is another way of coping with the effects of heat.  The use of specific acupuncture points can help remove heat from the body, increase the blood supply and effectively cool the body down. 

Nutrition therapy can play a part in recovering from/avoiding heatstroke.  A few facts you may not know are:

  • buttermilk is very cooling as are watermelons,
  • coriander juice can help protect your body from heatstroke,
  • and onions (surprisingly!) have huge cooling properties.

Whether you enjoy being out in the sun or not, stay hydrated and stay safe!

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