How to survive the heat wave?
When there is a heat wave, it means that it is extremely hot and that the body can unfortunately have difficulty managing this “big” heat. Cooling off, moving little and above all drinking lots of water are some possible tips for a heat wave.
In this article, I offer you tips and tricks to help you survive the heat wave this summer.
1. Drink lots of water to survive the heat wave
Hydration is the most important element to fight the heat wave. Indeed, dehydration is often one of the first problems to occur during a strong summer heat wave.
So to avoid dehydration, drink water, lots of water. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, have a nice big bottle of water handy.
Even if you are not thirsty, you should drink water during a heat wave to avoid heatstroke and dehydration. Force your children to drink water and other liquids also during this period of oppressive heat, same thing for the elderly who are very vulnerable to this heat.
2. Cool the body during the heat wave
Another very important tip for a heat wave is to cool down in order to keep your body cool and thus avoid heat stroke and fatigue.
A cold water towel:
Do not hesitate to place one or more small towels or washcloths of cold water on your body to cool off during the heat wave. Prefer the head and the forehead if you want this trick to be really effective against the oppressive heat.
Spray a little cold water on the face and body:
Another solution to keep your body cool during a heat wave is to spray your body and face with cold water. As soon as you feel too hot spray this cold water on the face, neck and chest.
Cold water on the wrists
To lower your body temperature, run cold water over your wrists for a few minutes. Ideal for quickly removing the feeling of heat during the heat wave. It is also a trick to quickly relieve a heatstroke.
But be careful, in case of real heat stroke, you must quickly consult a health professional who can treat you effectively.
If you are looking for other tips and tricks to stay cool this summer here is another article to discover: Tips for cooling off.
3. Wear light clothes during heat waves
The choice of clothes and fabrics is really important during a heat wave but also throughout the summer during hot weather.
- Wear linen, cotton or silk clothes.
- Wear bright, light-colored clothing.
- Wear loose, loose clothing.
- Wear short clothes if you are out of direct sunlight.
Cotton clothes are less hot and adapt better to heat. They are therefore clothes to be preferred if the weather is very hot and humid, as is the case during a heat wave.
4. Stay in the shade during the day
No matter where you are during the heat wave, it is important to seek and stay in the shade as much as possible. It is absolutely necessary to avoid being in the sun because you risk being even more at risk of a nasty heat stroke or dehydration.
You can stay outside during a heat wave of course, but it is essential to stay in the shade. Look for drafts if there are any and above all drink plenty of water so as not to become dehydrated.
5. Stay cool in the house… If possible!
If you have air conditioning at home or at the office then the question does not even arise! In effect air conditioning is certainly the best trick to survive the heat wave! ?
But if you don’t have air conditioning, turn on a fan to try and cool yourself down a bit. But in the event of a heat wave, the fan is often not enough. In this case, go for a walk in a shopping center, go swimming or simply cool off in a nice warm bath.
To survive the heat wave, the body must stay cool, it’s very important!
6. What not to eat during a heat wave?
While it is advisable to drink water and eat very juicy fruit during a heat wave, certain foods and meals are absolutely to be avoided.
Here are some foods and meals to avoid:
- all fried foods and recipes.
- all spicy foods and dishes.
- hard cheeses.
- the deli meats.
- pastries, sweets and other very sweet dishes and foods.
- Hot pasta dishes.
Hearty and hot meals should be avoided during the extreme heat of the heat wave. Eat light and fresh. Salads, in sandwiches, raw vegetables, fresh fruit, etc. Also, avoid running the oven and cooking hot dishes because you will get even hotter.