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How to keep safe in the summer heat…

It is relatively unusual for the British Weather forecast to contain a weather warning for heat!  Usually we have weather warnings for rain, wind, ice and snow!  However… this week, due to a lot of heat over Spain and South Easterly winds, we are due to have heatwave.

sunshine

There is an old adage about “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”.  I have observed that Northern Europeans certainly seem to get into sleeveless tops and shorts the first time sun shows up (my husband and I went to Rome on Honeymoon – it was 15 degrees celsius at the end of February and the Roman natives were snuggled in winter coats and the Northern Europeans were all in T shirts and shorts!).  But this abandon in sunshine can lead to discomfort and illness, and I don’t know about you, but I like to avoid that if at all possible.

tap water

So, the first things to mention are the most obvious.  Keep hydrated.  In hot weather, you will sweat more, so drink more water.  I am not suggesting you gulp down 4 or 5 litres, but be sensible.  If you do lots of high octane activity, you might want to tone it down in hot weather.  Also, always be safe in the sun and use sun protection creams, wear a t-shirt, sunglasses and a hat.  Yes, even if you look daft in a hat.  We are talking safety here, not fashion.  And keep out of the sun between 11.30 and 3pm.  It is when the sun is at its zenith and when the day will be hottest.  That midday sun we were talking about!!

water drop

However, if you do get heatstroke or sunstroke, here is a rehydration liquid recipe from one of my favourite websites…. http://mortgagefreeinthree.com/2013/07/homemade-rehydration-solution/

REHYDRATION SOLUTION

  • 6 level teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 level teaspoon of salt
  • 1 litre of boiled and cooled water
  • 200ml of orange juice or a splash of fruit cordial to make it more palatable

Put everything in a glass, stir until the sugar and salt have dissolved and neck it.

I am reliably informed that this works a treat, and I hope it helps if anyone gets caught out by the heat.  In the meantime… stay safe and enjoy the sunshine!

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How to keep cool in all this heat…

I had spent weeks looking forward to entertaining my friend, her husband and her daughter (who is our God-daughter) at our new house.  We had organised a great BBQ, lots of food, drink and lovely stuff.  I had even made (attempted!) a maple walnut ice cream.  Unfortunately, they more or less cancelled last night, due to the fact that our God-daughter appears to have a touch of sun or heatstroke and is completely wiped out by it.  It is probably best that she stays at home, but we are really disappointed.

BBQ

We are having quite unusual weather in the UK at the moment – i.e. it isn’t raining all summer!  We are actually having hot temperatures and lovely sunshine, so getting a little bit of sun and heatstroke is quite a common occurrence.  I got to thinking, what can we do if we think someone does have a case of over-exposure to the sun?

 

Obviously, you need to try your hardest to make sure that it doesn’t happen in the first place.  Keep a sun hat on, or close by, as well as a T-shirt or over blouse to put on when the sun is at its strongest, and make sure that you use appropriate sun protection at all times.  The good old Slip, Slap, Slop.  (Slip on a shirt, Slap on a hat, Slop on the sun cream).

meerkat slip slap slop

The other key preventative measure is to keep hydrated.  Drink water, maybe with an odd glass of squash mixed in to vary it.   How much water is okay is dependent on how hot it is and how big you are.  I usually gauge it by the colour of my urine when I go to the toilet.  I am hydrated when it doesn’t have any colour to it at all.  The darker the pee, the more water I need to keep healthy.

 

So, you have done that and you still feel icky, or you have had an upset stomach or been vomiting during the night, what can you do then?  Well, on http://www.mortgagefreeinthree.com Elaine provided her loyal fan club with a great recipe for a rehydration liquid which can help to replace your salts and electrolytes.  If you fly over to that site, put “rehydration” into the search box her blog post with it on will pop right up.

heatstroke

The other thing to remember is that sunstroke and heatstroke are really serious.  If your body has lost its ability to control its temperature, then it could lead to your body going into shock, a coma and death.  If someone is unconscious and you suspect heat stroke… get them to a hospital.  Also, if the complaint is well advanced, get them in water.  A cool bath/shower is a fabulous luxury in hot weather and a great way of keeping cool, as are ice compresses and long cool (non-alcoholic) drinks.  But remember to sip and not gulp it down.

 

Now, if we could just crack the whole “sleeping in the humid heat when no one has air conditioning” thing Summer would be totally awesome!!