What you shouldn't do in the heat: how to avoid overheating
Everyone knows that you should drink plenty of water, sleep with the windows open, and wear clothes made from natural fabrics such as cotton or linen in the heat. However, not everyone has heard of the less obvious tips.
For example, when the thermometer rises to high levels, it is better to avoid ice cream and asparagus. Experts also recommend against certain cosmetic procedures. The Daily Mail has explained how to avoid overheating.
The effect of ice cream
A portion of cool ice cream in the heat is already a pleasant summer tradition. However, nutritionist Carrie Torrence says that the effect of ice cream is temporary and will eventually lead to an even greater increase in body temperature.
"Eating food leads to a rise in temperature because the digestive process generates heat. Combined with the rapid cooling caused by ice cream and iced drinks, this will cause your body to overcompensate for the loss of heat by raising your internal temperature," Torrence explained to BBC Good Food.
The heat makes your feet swell and even grow several sizes. The effect, known as heat swelling, is usually caused by our blood vessels swelling in the heat as part of the process of regulating our body temperature.
While everyone is prone to swelling in hot weather, there are some factors that can exacerbate the process. These include:
- salt retention in the body;
- venous insufficiency;
- sitting or standing in one position for a long time;
- age - the aging process causes natural changes in the heart and circulation;
- pregnancy - the volume of fluid in a pregnant woman's body increases by 20-80%.
Therefore, it is better not to buy new shoes in the heat - there is a high risk that you may be mistaken about the size.
Chemical peeling involves applying a solution to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.
There are three different levels of chemical peels: superficial, medium and deep.
Typically, people undergo a chemical peel to improve the appearance of their skin by evening out tone and reducing age spots.
However, after peeling, the face will be left with completely new sensitive skin that is more susceptible to burns and sunlight.
In the heat, you should avoid fatty, spicy, salty foods, as well as coffee and alcohol.
In addition, nutritionists recommend avoiding certain diuretic products in hot weather. Diuretic foods help the body eliminate water, and this category includes mangoes, asparagus, and artichokes.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, berries, and greens (such as spinach) are all high in water content in the heat of the day.
Nutritionists recommend drinking coconut milk or water containing the following electrolytes, as potassium, sodium and magnesium contribute to hydration.
Repair in the summer
There is a risk that house paint left to dry in hot weather may bubble on the surface or start to bubble. This is because high temperatures lead to an increase in the level of moisture and air under the paint film. This layer breaks out, forming blisters. The situation is similar with wallpaper, which can even begin to curl. Therefore, you should avoid repairs in the heat.
If you cover your dog with a wet towel, the animal can get hotter as the fabric acts as an insulating layer. It is better to lay a wet towel or cooling mat for your dog to lie on, or fill a paddling pool with cold water.
John Smith, pet expert and founder of Yappy.com, said: "Don't give your pet ice cream in the heat of the day. Ice cream can contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs and cats and can make them sick. Unlike humans, pets have a harder time digesting ice cream."
Synthetic clothing and denim shorts
In summer, it is better to give up synthetic clothes and jeans.
"Synthetics such as polyester, nylon and acrylic do not absorb moisture, which means that your sweat will accumulate," celebrity stylist Miranda Holder told Femail.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told how to cool drinks in summer without a fridge.