Drink a lot: How to stay cool in the heat
Most people are happy about the current summer temperatures. After all, you can go swimming or relax in the garden during the hot days. But the heat is also a problem for some. Experts explain how they can stay cool despite the high temperatures. The most important thing is to drink a lot.
Health complaints in high heat
For many days, high summer temperatures in Germany have been above 30 degrees. But while it may not be warm enough for some, others suffer from the heat. In fact, it is not uncommon for symptoms such as dizziness, headache, and tiredness to accumulate on hot days. But there are ways to defy the heat and related health problems. Above all, it is important to drink enough.
Motivate yourself to drink consciously
When the temperatures rise above 30 degrees in summer, drinking is particularly important. Because when we sweat, we lose fluid with the sweat, which definitely has to be replaced. The Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE) points this out in a communication.
Even at normal temperatures, we need about one and a half to two liters of liquid a day. With heat and physical activity, it is correspondingly more. That can be up to one liter per hour. It is not always easy for some people to drink so much.
Harald Seitz, nutrition scientist at the BZfE advises to consciously motivate yourself to drink: “Place a bottle or carafe of water in the immediate vicinity, for example on your desk. So you always keep an eye on the fact that you drink enough ”.
Fruit and vegetables containing water
You should also drink enough before and after meals and always have a drink with you when you go for a walk, drive a car or do sports.
In addition to tap and mineral water, unsweetened herbal and fruit teas and fruit juices diluted with water are also suitable as thirst quenchers. These also provide vitamins and minerals.
Our body also absorbs liquid through food. It is not for nothing that cold vegetable soups are so popular in the hot Mediterranean countries.
Eating watery fruits and vegetables helps keep you cool on hot days. Melons, cucumbers, cocktail tomatoes or berries are suitable as a snack or snack.
Sleeping tips for hot nights
The right clothing should also be taken into account. At high temperatures, thin, light-tight fabric is recommended, which can absorb sweat and is heat-permeable. The sweat must be able to evaporate on the skin.
You can also cool off by washing your hands, neck and face with cold water. A lukewarm shower also provides relief here, because the body temperature drops again.
However, a cold shower puts a strain on the circulation and should therefore be avoided.
At night you can turn a hot water bottle into a cold bottle, which helps you to sleep despite the summer heat. (ad)