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5 Five Helpful Tips for Beating the Summer Heat

July 27, 2021

Summer heat can lead to a variety of health problems, ranging from heat exhaustion to heatstroke, and it should not be taken lightly.

According to a report by the American College of Emergency Physicians, heat-related illnesses and injuries claim the lives of hundreds of people every year.

Heat-related illnesses can turn your supposedly wonderful summer into a nightmare, but there are a number of things you can do to keep them at bay.

Stay well-hydrated

Drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration. If you are taking part in physical activities and sweating a lot, you should consume sports drinks to replenish lost salt and minerals.

For adults, the general recommendation from The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is about:

  • 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of water per day for women
  • 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of water per day for men

But you may need more or less, depending on your age and weight.

Protect yourself in the sun

Apply sunscreen on every part of your body that is exposed to the sun. Use sunscreen with SPF 15, for example. If you are someone who usually burns within 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF 15 sunscreen multiplies that base number by 15; so, in this case, you would be protected from the sun for 150 minutes.

You should also wear a brimmed hat and loose, light-colored clothing (avoid cotton).

Limit outdoor activity during midday

Avoid doing outdoor activities during midday, because it is the hottest time of the day. If you really have to exercise in the heat, try not to run out of breath or let your heart beat too fast.

Keep your home well-ventilated

When you are spending time in your home and not using air conditioning, open the windows and use fans to improve air circulation.

Recognize heat-related symptoms

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses include:

  • Sweaty skin with goosebumps
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps

If you experience such symptoms, move to a cool and shady place, drink some fluids, lie down, and call a doctor or 911 if necessary.

If you want to find out more about heat-related illnesses, you can contact one of our physicians. You can also check out some of the health screenings you may need in our guide “Midlife Health Screenings For Men and Women.”

Midlife Health Screenings