With temperatures reaching record highs in parts of the country, I thought I'd drop in with a few summer tips, from the NURSE.
1. STAY HYDRATED. The body is constantly losing water, so replacing it is key to surviving the viscous summer heat. Although there are differences in the suggested water intake, I find following the 8 x 8 rule simple and easy to remember. At least 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day, about a half gallon.
2. REMEMBER THE ELDERLY. Check on your elderly neighbors. The elderly tend to have decreased perspiration, which is known to aid the body in cooling. Without this assistance the elderly are more vulnerable to be victims of heat related emergencies. So let's remember to keep our eyes and hearts open as we look out for our elderly.
3. CHOOSE COOLING MEALS. This one may get me in trouble. I know everyone loves a good home cooked meal, but this sweltering summer heat is not the ideal environment to turning on the stove. Chose foods with lots of water content, such as raw vegetables and salads. If you absolutely must have that HOT dinner, consider grilling instead.
4. STAY IN THE SHADE. If we are going to be active in the outdoors during extreme heat waves, find a shady space to call your own. I'd also suggest wearing a hat and limiting your time outside.
Well that's it for today folks. Enjoy this HEAT and stay safe.