Temperatures are skyrocketing this summer – have you seen the humidity index lately? Yikes. Several places across America like New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon and Texas have been experiencing heat waves. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy during this sweltering summer heat:
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things in the summer. Extreme dehydration can cause seizures and even death. Drinking water helps to regulate body temperature, carry nutrients and energize muscles.
- Avoid being outside for too long. Overexposure to the sun's rays can lead to skin cancer. Over time it can also make your skin start to bruise and tear more easily. It's best to avoid going outside when the sun is at its highest (usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
- Wear sunscreen. If you are going outside then wearing sun protection is highly recommended. For maximum protection use a cream that is at least SPF 30.
- Stay in cool, well-ventilated places. Keep yourself nice and cool in places with air conditioning or fans. Libraries and malls are ideal places to hang out this summer!
- Wear lightweight and loose clothing. Now is not the time to break out your spandex and nylon clothes. Stick to breathable fabrics like cotton, which reduce sweating. Looser silhouettes prevent clothes from sticking to you in the heat and also allow for more airflow.
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- Tanaz Ahmed is a University of Michigan student who loves all things related to books, movies and music. Her favorite cause is education.