By Gwyne Presser
It’s Hot. Miserably hot. I know it’s summer in Colorado and it sometimes gets hot, but it usually isn’t 95+ degrees in June. If it is this hot now what is July and August going to be like? After walking outside to my car a few minutes ago I seriously considered moving to Alaska, but I love Colorado so I thought I would look up some ideas for how to survive this scorching heat. Here are some of my top picks:
Wardrobe selection is key. Wear light weight, light-colored loose-fitting clothing. Verses what I chose to wear today black pants and a black long sleeved shirt.
Put the Mountain Dew Down!! Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. If you sweat allot on a hot day, sports drinks are preferred over water because they will replenish sodium. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t rely upon thirst as an indicator of your need for water; it’s not reliable in very high heat.
Check with your doctor if you have health problems that require you to limit fluid intake or you’re taking diuretics - ask him/her how much you should drink while the weather is hot. I am an HR Manager I had to include a disclaimer of some kind.
Mist Away. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
Spice Things Up. Eating spicy foods like hot peppers, fresh ginger and black pepper will help lower your body temperature through sweating. Hmmm, will have to try this and report back.
Hat Hair. You lose a major portion of body heat through your head, which is bad in winter but good in summer. So on hot days, don’t cover your noggin tightly with a hat.