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The heat is on

By Kim Atienza


It’s not even summer yet, but look around you. It feels so HOT.

You sweat. You get tired easily. The aircon at home works overtime. How nice if you can just live in your office where the aircon is free of charge.

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How does the human body cope during the dry season?

Says one source: The body is normally very effective at cooling itself. You lose some heat through your skin by sweating. However, when you become dehydrated, your body is unable to produce enough sweat to cool itself. As a result, your body temperature can rise to 104 degrees or higher and heat stroke can strike. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can lead to heat stroke.

• Consider the following tips when you have to go under the sun or the next time you hit the beach.

• Wear lightweight clothes. Loose, light-colored clothing so you won’t absorb so much of the sun’s rays.

• Carry an umbrella. Carry an umbrella, or top your outfit with a hat, to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

• Drink up. Bring plenty of water or a sports drink, which can replace sodium lost from sweating.

• Avoid caffeine. Avoid or limit drinks with caffeine or alcohol, as they can cause dehydration. Remember, if your
urine is dark yellow, you’re probably not drinking enough liquids.

Plan around peak hours. If you plan to exercise or work in the sun, be sure to do it in the cooler part of the day, before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. alternately, take it easy on hot days.

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