Your Cheat Sheet
Follow these simple rules to avoid many of the difficulties that come with summertime:
- Drink eight to 10 glasses (64-80 ounces) of noncaffeinated liquids daily -- even more if you perspire a lot. Water is best, but other good choices include low-fat milk, fruit and vegetable juices, lemonade, limeade, and Popsicles or sorbets made from juice.
- Wear lose, lightweight clothing made from natural fibers.
- Protect your skin from the sun. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on your face and other exposed areas, even if the sky is cloudy. (Clouds won't protect you from damaging light rays!) Take extra care between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. if you live in a northern state and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you live in the South. Avoid open-weave fabrics, which allow sunlight to reach your skin.
- Spend as much time as possible in cool places. If your home or workplace is not air-conditioned, a portable fan will offer some relief. If you live in a humid climate, an air filter or dehumidifier can help improve air quality.
- Fight the heat with cool showers and cold packs. Apply cold packs or ice cubes to your wrist pulse points, the back of your neck, and your forehead. And keep some long-lasting soft-gel cooling strips in your car or purse (typically used on the forehead to provide relief from a fever).
All this advice may seem like a lot to remember, but most of it involves commonsense measures. Just use your own good judgment, and before you know it, cooler fall temperatures will arrive to give you a break.
All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your won health or the health of others.