Well, it’s that time of year again. We are right in the middle of summer and suffering through a heat wave. We are all sweating through all of our pores and waiting desperately for cooler weather to prevail. This summer heat can be brutal, even for those of you who are used to hot weather. Besides making us miserable, extreme heat is dangerous as it increases the risk of heatstroke.

You need to find a way to protect yourself in this heat. Total Care Heating and Air, your AC service in Corona, offers ways you can protect yourself from the extreme heat.

Drink Plenty of Water

Remaining hydrated during a heatwave is very important. You should always have a bottle of water with you when you are going outside. The risk of dehydration is real, so never hesitate to stop and buy a bottle of water if you are feeling even a little thirsty.

It is also a good idea to avoid alcohol, especially in the heat of the day, as it robs your body of fluids.

A lack of water can leave you feeling lethargic and tired. So make sure you get out of the heat and drink some water should you start feeling that way.

Sunscreen

If you plan on spending even just a little while in the sun, make sure you are using sunscreen. Sunscreen helps protect your body from the dangerous UV rays of the sun.

UV rays have been shown to cause skin cancer, something you would rather not have to deal with later in life.

Healthy Diet

When it is this hot outside, you should avoid foods that produce heat like dry fruits and red meat. Instead, you should be eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. If your diet allows it, fish is a good choice in the summer heat as well. Watermelon is a great choice because it is full of water and amino acids that boost your energy.

Don’t skip breakfast, an empty stomach can cause dizziness when it is very hot.

Cold Showers

There is nothing wrong with taking two or three cool showers on days when it is extremely hot. A cool shower will leave you refreshed and will help bring down your body temperature. A shower will also clean up the dirt, sweat and grime on your body that tends to stick to you in this heat.

Even if you are just feeling tired and worn, a shower can pep you up and help you feel energized.

Stay In

You have central air and your home is very cool and comfortable, so there is no need to go anywhere. There is no reason to go anywhere if you are quite comfortable in your home. If your fridge is a barren wasteland and you are hungry, order up some sesame chicken for delivery instead of sitting in traffic trying to drive to the store.

Cool Fabrics

When it is extremely hot outside, dress to be comfortable as opposed to strictly fashionable. While you might look stunning in those black leather pants, a pair of cotton short is probably a more sensible choice.

Fabrics like wool, rayon and nylon tend to be heavy and will certainly make you feel hotter. You will feel cooler in cotton as it absorbs sweat and doesn’t stick to your body. Breezy skirts should be favored over denim jeans as well.

Don’t Wear Black

Basic science proves that darker colors absorb more heat. This is something you should have learned in middle school. When you wear black clothing, they absorb more heat and transfers that to your body. So you will feel a little cooler if you avoid wearing black.

Scarves and Hats

A scarf or hat will help prevent the scorching sun from overheating your head. Just make sure the hat or scarf is made of a light material like cotton. It even makes sense to wear a hat to protect your head and a scarf to protect your face and neck.

Exercise in Moderation

While it is important that you get exercise, in no way should you be running wind sprints in triple-digit temperatures. If at all possible, get your workouts or running done at the gym or some other place where it is climate controlled.

Stay safe and call Total Care Heating and Air if you need AC repair.