Dear FMB lovers,We have all noticed recently that the heat of the day and the night is unbearably high. According to experts, this is due to heatwaves resulting from the emission of greenhouse gases. The Meteorological Agency is warning us to prepare for warmer days and nights. This preparedness will require smart adaptation strategies and participation in climate change resilient practices to cope with the damage caused. However, the popular Common effects of heat waves on humans are :1.Dehydration can lead to unconsciousness or death.2.chickenpox.3. Heat rash.4. psychological stress.5. Confusion.
To cope with the current climatic conditions, and avoid the common effects of heatwave experts advised to:
1. Drink more water to stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is a must, therefore taking eight glasses or two liters is the recommended amount.
2. Keep a water bottle with you to remind you to take water.
3. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks during this time: Avoid tea, coffee, and aerated drinks, instead opt for fresh fruit juices, coconut water, or buttermilk.
4. Reduce the consumption of foods high in protein (E.g red meats) as they increase metabolic heat.
5. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables which are better options.
6. Monitor our blood pressure to make sure we are within the normal range.
7. Stay indoors (in our home or office) between noon each day as much as possible.
8. Take cold water baths before going to bed at night.
9.Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
10.Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
11.Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration.
12.Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low-fat dairy products.
13.Wear light, loose clothing in a heatwave: It’s hot outside and inside too thereby making the environment uncomfortable also your body temperature tends to rise.
14.The amount of water that you drink should be retained in your body for you to feel hydrated.
15.Eat fruits that are a great source of antioxidants and are known to be very hydrating.
One of the most common problems associated with staying outdoors for too long is heatstroke.
Let’s be kind to share the information with everyone we know.