body is an absolutely wonderful machine with its own built-in cooling
system. That system depends on keeping a fluid balance within your
body. As the temperature rises, your body's "air conditioning" mechanism
switches to "on" and sweat glands begin to excrete fluids and salts.
Simply put, these evaporate on the skin's surface and voila! You
begin cooling off.
can arise when your body becomes too hot and/or you don't have enough
fluids to keep your cooling system running at optimum power.
Whether you are
spending your summer holiday in North America or planning a winter
trip to the tropics, it helps to keep the following basic beat-the-heat
advice in mind.
(M. Assunta Uffer-Marcolongo, International Association
for Medical Travellers - IMAT)
When it's hot, hot,
Sightsee in early morning or late afternoon.
Don't exercise or work in the heat of
Wear loose-fitting, light coloured cottons
and avoid synthetics.
Safeguard yourself from UVB and UVA rays
with high-protection factor sunscreens, sun glasses and
wide rim hats.
Take frequent cool but not icy showers.
Drink enough water. Light colored urine
indicates that you are well hydrated. Carry bottled water
with you if necessary.
Remember that coffee and alcohol tend
tea is not fuel for your cooling system...
probably think iced coffee, chilled white wine or an ice
cold beer may seem like the perfect thirst quenchers. Wrong!
They are all dehydrating and will increase your body's fluid
loses. So, go ahead and enjoy them. But always be sure to
down a couple of water chasers.
(Source: Thirst Quenchers by Rosie Schwartz, RD,
GUSTO! Summer 1997 issue.)
Real fruit flavored
water is calorie-free and void of additives. It delivers
oxygen and nutrients to cells, flushes toxins ffrom organs,
regulates body temperature, keeps your skin moist and
cushions your joints.
you want some flavor in your water, add sliced citrus
fruit, crushed mint leaves or a splash of pomegranate
or cranberry juice. Or make your own ice cubes from 100%
fruit juice and add to your glass of water.
(Source: Leslie Beck, Toronto-based
dietician, Website: www.lesliebeck.com)
Wear Cotton or natural
made from cotton or natural fibre breathe better and help
keep your body cool in the heat because they absorb moisture
well and keep it away from your skin thereby cooling you
down. Manmade fibres like nylon and rayon or polyester
trap heat and can make you feel hotter. Its rather like
being suffocated slowly in a plastic bag. White and light
colours reflect heat while black and dark colours absorb
heat like a sponge and retain it. So, when it's hot, wear
light coloured clothing. I’ve never been so glad
that I do not have a strict dress code at work so I can
keep cool with light colours and light clothing as opposed
to dark formal stuffy corporate suits – lucky me!
(Excerpt from MyWomenstuff.com