Summer Survival 101

15 Jun

Snowballs by Lynn Van Noy

Summer.. is synonymous with swimming, snow cones and the sizzling sun.

Here it is mid-June and Texas has already seen a string of days at 100+ degrees!

These are the longest days of the year and with the kids out of school, everyone is ready to get outside and play.  The sun may blaze but the temptations of exploring the great outdoors are stronger than the Texas heat.

Whether you are working outside or playing, just walking to and from the car can be like going to the sauna.  Heat exhaustion can come on quickly, especially if you are already dehydrated.

Common Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Heavy sweating
  • Rapid, weak heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cool, moist, pale skin
  • Low-grade fever
  • Heat cramps
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dark-colored urine

Obviously, I would advise you to drink an iced cold fresh lemonade while reclining in the breezy shade of the biggest and most colorful beach umbrella you can find.

Besides that laid back approach to keeping cool, here are a few more common-sense approaches to surviving this scorching summer.

You Got It Made In The Shade

Eating outside is one of my favorite delights of summer.  A quick look around can tell you if the experience is worth the risk.

Just this week, I had a late afternoon lunch at an outdoor taco stand.  It was 101 degrees, according to the thermometer in the shade but I was cool and comfortable.  How?  There was plenty of shade, oscillating fans, misting water and iced cold aguas frescas.  The  chicken tacos were pretty fabulous too.

If you are looking for the perfect place to picnic or just relax outside, look for open spaces and shady trees that provide relief from the beating sun.  And if it happens to be close to a cool body of water, all the better.

Light Colored Layered Clothing

For obvious and reflective reasons, it is good to layer a light-colored bathing suit, halter top or a sleeveless tank top with a T-shirt or a long-sleeved, cotton shirt.  This allows you to peel off the layers as the heat increases over the day.  Think smart and don’t forget your hat.

Water Water Water

I could also call this sub-heading Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate.

Last June I ran 100+ miles.  I know, I can hardly believe it myself.  Honestly, I learned 2 things.  Hydration is the key to keeping safe, healthy and your energy levels up and ice water on my head in the form of an ice soaked running hat or towel is a life saver.

Water is instant relief in this relentless heat.

Drink plenty of water, swim, soak in a cool bath or drench yourself if you must be outdoors in the heat of the day.  A ziplocked ice water bag tucked under your ball cap atop your head just may save you from a heat stroke.

Liquid Minerals

We have all heard of a multi-vitamin, right.  But have you heard of a multi-mineral?

A multi-mineral is usually a liquid blend of all the trace minerals we need each day.  Everyone knows that the minerals sodium (salt) and potassium are of vital importance, especially when we are perspiring heavily.  As we heat up, we use these simple synergistic minerals fast.

Imagine how much we need all the other basic minerals as the summer heat wears on.  Renew and replenish your mineral stores with a multi-mineral supplement.

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