Well here we are in Seattle- in a HEAT WAVE!! I honestly didn’t believe the news at first.
I’m so glad I got an AC this year a few months ago when they were cheaper… just in case!
I put a list together to remind us what we can control.
1. Pay attention to what you eat and drink.
Diet affects how you can manage your body’s response to high temperatures.
Eat less salty food and protein, which produce metabolic heat that causes water loss.
Eat more fruits and vegetables in smaller, more frequent meals.
Good time to change your eating habits.. Want to discuss about some options?
2. Stay hydrated.
Sweating is the body’s mechanism for self-cooling. We need plenty of water to support our bodily functions. Recommendations vary between drinking two to four glasses of water every hour in excessive heat. Do not wait until you are thirsty to hydrate your body.
Electrolyte drinks are essential right now to maintain healthy internal balance!
My favorites are: Coconut water and Watermelon juice.. I enjoy juicing this time of year. There are plenty of options ; be careful what you buy, look at labels and choose wisely..
It’s suggested by health professionals to avoid : alcohol & caffeine ; these substances can act as a diuretic and promote dehydration . I know how tired you must feel due to the heat but now is the time to choose a healthier option to keep balanced.
3. Don’t leave children or pets in a car, which can swelter in the sun. EVER!!
If you are packing your car to leave or just a quick run in the store.. I see people leaving children & pets in the car; Please rethink this.. It doesn’t take much time for a child or pet to overheat and die.. There have been plenty of cases! Most stores are understanding when bringing in your pet.
4. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and take cool showers or baths.
This is kinda a no brainer right?
Cool to cold showers throughout the day.. A dip in a nearby lake, river, or ocean.. If you are fortunate to have a pool.. It may feel too warm unless it’s air conditioned.. YEP.. they have this.
When I lived in Arizona this was common.
Applying cold, wet towels on the neck, wrist, groin and armpit areas can help bring down the core body temperature. I keep some clothing in the fridge or freezer..
My dog’s leash is kept there. She wears a harness so the cold temperature close to her chest helps.
Wearing a hat or scarf protects you from direct sun; sunburns affect your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated, according to the C.D.C. During a heat wave carry an Umbrella to walk; catch a bus or for whatever reason you decide to be outside for a long period of time.. Protect yourself! The rays are HOT .. too hot!
5. Seek out indoor activities, particularly during the hottest part of the day.
The sun’s peak hours are generally 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There are times when you are going to be in the sun, but if you can avoid as much direct sunlight as possible, it is better, unless early in the morning before 10am.
Electric fans will go only so far; air-conditioners are better for keeping your body cool.
Box fans can be easy and a cheaper option ; fill a pan full of ice in front and it can cool down a room pretty quickly.
Right now the availability for fans or ACs are limited due to high demand.. if you didn’t get one early chances are you will have to hunt one down… Need help? I can assist, just ask..
Learn the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
The C.D.C. lists some of the signs as dizziness, a rapid pulse, nausea, headache and fainting. But symptoms can vary. Those having heat stroke, which is potentially fatal, might have a rapid but strong pulse, while those with heat exhaustion might have a rapid but weak one.
Additional symptoms: Heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion
● Absence of sweating
● Dry skin
● Strange behavior
Heat stroke symptoms and signs also can mimic those of a heart attack or other conditions..
More reasons to stay hydrated. If your ankles , feet or fingers start to swell ; Elevate them; go take a cool shower to cold.. Don’t just expose yourself to too Cold right off the bat.. If you are overheated and not feeling well it could make it worse… gradually chill the water temperature.. Be gentle and Kind to yourself.
If you are feeling any of these symptoms contact your Doctor..or call 911!
Now for your Beloved Pets…
Dogs especially can overheat.. Those with health conditions be extra careful.
My dog Bella has a heart condition so keeping her cool is my top priority.
1. Make sure they have cold water , store some water in the frig to have on hand and
2. Expose them to cold towels, cold showers throughout the day.
3. Keep them inside!
4. When going out to potty..you may have to carry them. The walkways are too hot. Their paws absorb the heat and if they are small it doesn’t take much to overheat.
Or walk on dirt, grass opposed to concrete or pavement. STAY in the SHADE!!
5. Signs of heat stroke in pets are : Rapid panting, wide eyes, lots of drooling, hot skin, twitching muscles, vomiting and a dazed look.
Please Contact your Vet or take to an animal hospital if you think your animal has a heat stroke.. They can die easily from being overheated!!
Our pets can be very stubborn and want to keep doing their routine.. But We have to protect them for their own welfare.. This heat wave will pass …
We can get through this!!
If you have any questions Please contact me.. I’m here to offer support!
Every challenge we encounter in life is a fork in the road. We have a choice to choose which way to go- backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough!
We can find what we want; it simply takes action and to never give up!
This is the Art of Living Well.
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