Beat the Heat!!!

We’ve already had some warm days, and summer is just getting started!

Here are some simple tips on how to manage the heat.

Keep it cool.

Tanks, shorts, and flip flops are a common look during the summer. Whatever you wear, keep it light and loose. Dark clothes absorb more sunlight and heavy material holds the heat in. The parts of our bodies that retain heat and sweat can put us at risk for bacterial growth in those areas. Wearing loose and light colored clothes helps keep your skin safe and means you will stay cooler this summer!

Hydration matters!

We know you have heard this SO many times. But it’s true! Being hydrated helps your body function better in the heat. Dehydration can lead to contractions or preterm labor, headaches, nausea, or dizziness. It can also decrease your milk supply if you are breastfeeding. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day can help you avoid complications and help you feel better in this heat!

Tasty treats.

Some fruits and veggies have high water content and can help you stay hydrated. Watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cucumber, and celery are just a few. You can even use some of these to infuse for great tasting water. (See what I did there? Another plug for water!) When you eat these tasty snacks, you receive double the benefit!

Cooling down.

If you have to be outside in the heat, staying in the shade or placing a cold cloth on your neck can help keep you cool. Kicking back in the pool or even soaking your feet in cool water can help you lower your body temperature. If your workplace is overheated, take some time throughout the day to hydrate and cool down. You will stay energized and make it through the day better with these techniques.

Watch out!

According to Mayo Clinic, headaches, nausea, weakness, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, muscle cramping, and clammy skin are signs of heat exhaustion. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, move yourself to a cool spot, rest, and hydrate. Call your provider if you are concerned or if your symptoms worsen.

We hope you have a fantastic and cool summer!

Lois and Alyssa

 


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