Friday, July 29, 2011

eBUZZ! Health-Wise [from Issue 2011-7]

Extreme Heat Tips

As the dog days of summer are upon us, with its scorching hot sun, soaring temperatures and high humidity, we would like to remind you of these possibly life-saving precautions.

Drink plenty of fluids. During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Sparkling water, non-caffeinated drinks, low-fat milk and fruits and vegetables all contribute to daily fluid needs, as well as water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid drinks containing alcohol, caffeine and large amounts of sugar. Our suggestion is to have plenty of our delicious Rooibos & Honeybush Antioxidant Drink on hand.

Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals. Avoid hot food and heavy meals, as they can add heat to your body.

Wear appropriate clothing and sun screen. It’s best to choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that cover as much skin as possible. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat along with sunglasses and by applying sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. We’d suggest using BeeAlive’s Day Face Cream with SPF 15 and Royal Jelly along with our Bee-Moisturized Lip Care with SPF15.

Plan outdoor activities carefully, avoiding too much sun. If you must be outdoors, for work or play, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours and to rest often in shady areas. If you are not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.

Stay cool indoors. Stay indoors and, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall, library, theatre or other community facility. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun and avoid using your stove and oven. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help to evaporate perspiration, which cools your body. Try to stay on the lowest floor, out of the sun, and if all else fails, take a cool shower or relaxing bath.

Check on the welfare of family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. Call 9-1-1 immediately for anyone who is unresponsive or otherwise suffering from the effects of heat.

Monitor those at high risk. Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk, such as infants and children, people 65 years of age or older, overweight people, people who overexert during work or exercise and people who are physically ill. Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Remember your pets. Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

Be smart. Never leave anyone – including your pet -- in a closed, parked car – even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

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