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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

healthy living ~ beating a heat wave

Here in Colorado it's cooling down, the leaves are turning their fall colors... however, I hear in California there's a heat wave in town! 

And I hate, literally hate, the heat. Yes, Mr Bill, I am a penguin...or a polar bear, depends of what day it is...ha! And... I am so glad I am not there, sorry friends, but it is true. Nevertheless, here are a few suggestions to help with this unusual autumn heat wave.

While hot weather can be uncomfortable and annoying (boob sweat!), extreme heat can also be dangerous. Here are some handy healthy tips on how to stay cool -- and safe –

1. Plan ahead. If you have to do chores or plan to exercise outdoors, try to avoid the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., which is the hottest part of the day.

2. Dress smart. Good thing white is a hot summer trend! Wearing loose-fitting, light-colored colored clothing will help heat dissipate from your body. What better excuse to treat yourself to some new “cool” threads?

3. Drink up! What's the best beverage to combat dehydration? "Water, water, water."  Also, it may be tempting to look up a recipe for margarita popsicles, but steering clear of alcohol and caffeine is your best bet, since both can be dehydrating. Carry a water bottle with you and drink throughout the day. "If you wait until you feel thirsty you're already dehydrated." Plus, it may sound funny, but keeping an eye on your pee can tell you if you're hydrated enough -- it should be clear like water!

4. Water sounds boring? Make it yummier! add cucumber and raspberry to your water, or you can try fresh mint, lemon and lime.

5. Feeling overheated? Get out of the heat. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's really important to go someplace cool if you're feeling too hot. Some of my favorite cool places: the movies, a bookstore.

6. Eat watermelon. eating fruits that are high in water content can help you stay hydrated and cool. Watermelon is PACKED with water (not to mention vitamins A and C and phytonutrients!).  Tossing watermelon cubes with fresh coconut, then drizzling them with hot sauce -- it's a traditional (and delicious) flavor combination in Mexico. Or blend watermelon with a couple sprigs of mint for a cooling summer beverage!

7. Going for a swim? but keep in mind that sunlight reflected off the water can give you a severe sunburn. Reapply sunscreen often, wear a hat, take breaks in the shade and don't forget -- just because you're in and surrounded by water doesn't mean you don't need to DRINK lots of water!

8. Check your medications. Some antihistamines and certain antidepressants can put you at a higher risk for heat exhaustion, because they can keep you from sweating effectively, and certain antibiotics can increase your sensitivity to sunburn. So it's a good idea to check labels and consult with your doctor.

9. Spritz yourself! sweat is your body's mechanism for cooling itself down. So anything that helps sweat dissipate, like a spray of water that dries and evaporates, can help cool you off. A spray bottle or even one of those fans with water will do the trick nicely.

10. Get chilly. Ice compresses cool you down quickly, especially when applied under your arms and to your groin, because those areas have lots of blood vessels. 

And hey -- if you have a friend in Japan, have her send you an ice bra. 
Yep -- that's a real thing, and will sure cool you down fast.

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