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As with every year, summer makes its presence known with increasingly higher temperatures, mugginess and heat spikes. It is vital to pay attention to the impact that sun exposure without taking the necessary precautions can cause. In this article, supported by a piece on the site of ilmessaggero.it, we offer some advice for enjoying your summer in peace and safety.
Various media outlets announced that June was one of the hottest months ever, with soaring temperatures and humidity. Excessive heat (and the resulting discomfort) can cause damage to our body but also impact the brain and our mood.
Gastroenterologist and Nutritionist Dr Luca Piretta, interviewed by In A Bottle, gives us some tips to put into practice to survive the high temperatures that await us over the upcoming weeks.
It may seem trivial but it is always good to remember and to repeat: drinking a lot, hydrating yourself many times throughout the day, is essential. In addition to helping replenish lost fluids, drinking a lot serves to combat dehydration due to the dispersion of heat that occurs through the breath, perspiration, and so on. In addition to water, you can quench your thirst by eating fruits like melon and watermelon or fresh and crunchy vegetables such as cucumbers.
It is important to keep an eye on the elderly amongst us who, with the advancement of age, gradually lose their sense of thirst.
Dehydration involves various imbalances in the human body. Indeed, there is a drop in mineral salts such as potassium and magnesium, which are essential for proper functioning of the heart, muscles, nervous system, and so on. And even if the summer heat results in us eating less, Dr Piretta points out that essential nutrients such as sugars, fats and proteins are always needed.
So, what are some methods for cooling down, besides drinking? Wear light and breathable clothing, only leave the house when the sunshine is not beating down, and try to ventilate the rooms of your home to ensure a natural coolness.
In cases of emergency, a freeze bag or instant ice can give you immediate relief. They are activated instantly and their effect will help you cool off in complete safety! These medical devices are widely utilised in the medical, dental and sports fields but they can also be useful in any situation requiring the use of cryotherapy or the benefits of cold.
If you do not have an ice pack or a cold gel pack at your disposal, you can always create a homemade one with what you have available in the freezer (just make sure it is wrapped in a soft cloth or towel).
What do you think of this article? What are your remedies for beating the heat? Let us know by writing to the Dispotech team!