Tips to Keep Cool This Summer

You’re probably ready for fun in the sun, but with summer already boiling up some hot temperatures, it can be tough to beat the heat. And you wouldn’t want to end up with a heat related illness such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Besides jumping in the pool or using your air conditioner, here are some ways to keep cool this summer from Cleveland Clinic and MedicineNet.com:

  1. Wear loose fitting, light colored cotton or linen clothing.
  2. Drink plenty of water and choose foods with high water content, such as fruits and vegetables.
  3. Choose the right mattress. A memory foam mattress made from petrochemicals creates hot spots. Pick a mattress made from natural memory foam for a cooler siesta.
  4. Hold ice to your pulse points such as your wrists, back of the neck, forehead and temples.
  5. Avoid large meals, since the more you eat, the more your metabolism will create heat.
  6. Aerate your home with box fans.
  7. Head down to the lower levels of your house, such as the basement, since colder air falls.
  8. Go to a public place with air conditioning, such as a movie theater, mall or library.
  9. Get rid of additional sources of heat such as incandescent light bulbs, or running computers or other electronics. Avoid using your stove or oven for cooking.
  10. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol because these are diuretics and will cause dehydration.
  11. Fill a spray bottle with cold water to spritz on yourself whenever you feel overheated.

It’s also important to know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises too quickly, causing hot skin and an altered mental state such as confusion or even coma, according to the National Safety Council. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses too much salt and water, resulting in flu-like symptoms such as severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and, occasionally, diarrhea. Check on the elderly, infants, athletes and those who take sweat-altering medications often since they are most at risk.

Saint Francis Healthcare wants to remind everyone to call 911 if you notice these symptoms in anyone around you and keep the person cool until the ambulance arrives.

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