Summer Heatwave Tips


Summer has finally arrived in the UK and it has arrived with a vengeance.

Within the past few days, we have seen soaring temperatures, with many of the national press declaring that it was hotter than Sahara.
That was probably a little a bit of an exaggeration, but it certainly felt that hot.

 

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Whilst we do enjoy the warmer weather, higher temperatures does not come without some dangers, including the following:

  • mental confusion –  you may find yourself a bit more forgetful than usual.
  • temperamental electronics – i recently experienced this when my iphone got so hot, simply being in my handbag, that it switched itself with an message on-screen, saying that the phone is literally to hot too function!
  • dehydration – this is one of the causes of mental confusion and forgetfulness, so be sure to drink lots of water.

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So how do we stay safe, healthy and happy during this summer heatwave in the UK?  Here are some of my top tips.

  • Drink water – this is so important!  Be sure to get your daily recommended allowance and then some more, to take into account moisture loss from sweat.
  • Cut down on the caffeine.  The heat might make you feel even more lethargic than usual, leading to an increased craving for caffeinated drinks.  However, caffeine is a diuretic and these drinks will leave you more dehydrated than usual.  Best stick to water.
  • Cut down on the alcohol. Alcohol will worsen your dehydration.  Being dehydrated and intoxicated is not fun, and can have serious consequences, so stick to water or fruit juice only.
  • Stay cool.  Get a fan going, open up the windows, throw ajar the door and let some fresh air in.
  • Get wet.  Now is a great time to go swimming or head down to the beach.  It’s fun, healthy and will cool you down.  Can’t make it to the local pool or beach?  Get a garden hose and hose yourself.  No, I am not kidding.
  • Drink water.  I know I have already mentioned this, but seriously, chug, chug chug that water throughout the day.
  • Along the same vein, use our popular Grow It Hair Juice, which infuses your hair strands with nutrient-rich moisture, protects your hair from sun damage, prevents colour fade (if you dye or bleach your hair), lessens dehydration and breakage of the hair and fights frizz.
  • Look out for the vulnerable:  this includes the elderly, the sick, the very young.  Check in on your elderly neighbours who live alone.
  • Keep your pets hydrated by ensuring they have ready access to clean, cool, drinking water.
  • Lose the layers. Please do not go around in your birthday suit.  Dress in light, floaty layers to keep cool during the summer heatwave.
  • Stay protected. Apply sun cream and reapply every 2-3 hours.
  • Chill out, relax and enjoy.

    In typical British weather form, this heatwave will probably be over before you know it, so take time to enjoy every moment.

 

 

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