Staying Cool in the Heat

KIMT NEWS 3 — If you do go outside in this heat, it is important to stay hydrated.

The sun is beating down and the temperatures are high, which can be a bad combination.

Health experts say it is important to wear proper clothing. Wearing no clothing is a bad idea. Light colors will reflect the light and keep you cooler while dark colors will absorb it.

They say it is also important to eat smaller, more frequent meals. Large, heavy meals will increase your metabolism which increased your water intake and risk of dehydration.

“Bring a bottle of water. Wear a wide brimmed hat so your head and your neck and your ears are protected from the sun and the heat, also to take breaks. If you’re out walking around, go around in a cool business. Take a break to walk around in their air conditioning and then you can go back outside,” said Physician Assistant, Melissa Skime.

She says drinking sports drinks every now and then is okay on hot days but water is still your best option, but most importantly she says stay away from alcohol.

Another thing to pay attention for is someone who may seem a little out of it.

“If you think anybody is showing signs of heat exhaustion, which could be bright red skin, they start to be confused or slow to respond, they’re not sweating, then you should get them into a cool area right away and get them something to drink,” Skime said.

She said if they are not coming around to their normal self after doing that, you should take them in to get evaluated.

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