It looks beautiful outside but it is extremely hot, and it is important that you take precautions not to overheat. Here are some tips to keep you safe and avoid overheating.

1. If you can stay inside, that is best. Find some indoor activities such as reading, doing yoga, dancing in the living room, making a lovely salad, enjoying something you’ve always wanted to watch, writing about your ideal scene for a goal you have or the life you are working toward living or playing a board game with friends or family.

2. If you do outdoor activities, be sure to stay hydrated. Some people choose high sugar sports drinks to keep their electrolytes balanced. Sugar is dehydrating as well as creating a stress on your pancreas and adrenal glands and inflaming your body. (Notice the word flame in inflame. There is heat involved with inflammation.) A better option is to prepare a big pitcher or water bottle with a small pinch of good salt like sea salt of Himalayan salt (salt that has natural minerals in it) and a big slice of lemon or lime.

MY PERSONAL RECIPE: I like to put a pinch of my favorite salt, Herbamare or a good unprocessed salt along with the juice of half a lime or lemon into my 24 oz water bottle and I might drink 3 or 4 of those bottles a day when I am out in the heat.

3. Wear loose lightweight and light-colored clothing. Darker clothing absorbs heat and light-colored clothing keeps you a little cooler. Natural fibers like cotton, linen and silk allow your body to breath better than synthetic fibers. A light hat with a brim is a good idea as well.

4. Sweating is normal unless it is excessive. It is your body’s way of maintaining a healthy body temperature. If you stop sweating, it means your body is much too hot, and you may be dangerously dehydrated. You need to get inside, drink more water, take a cool (not cold) shower and rest. Heavy sweating along with muscle cramps mean your body is too hot. If you feel cold and clammy, or have goosebumps with the sweating, it is time to get out of the heat and get hydrated. If someone passes out or if you are worried, call 911. Heatstroke is very dangerous and occurs when the body approaches 104 degrees. Better safe than sorry.

5. Check on each other. Make sure the people you are with are drinking water and feeling good, not lightheaded or faint.

6. Avoid heavy exercise outside when it is very hot. Plan your outdoor exercise early in the morning or later when the temperature goes down.

7. Avoid drinking alcohol, which diminishes your body’s ability to regulate heat and dehydrates you further.

8. For every cup of coffee you drink you need to add an extra glass of water. Caffeine is dehydrating.

9. Check on your family, friends and elderly neighbors. Make sure they are keeping cool and drinking water too.

10. Make sure your pets are safe as well. Their paws can burn on hot pavement, and they need to stay hydrated as well.

With much love,
Dr. Lisa