Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stay Cool This Summer

Summer is my husband’s favorite season. He absolutely loves the heat.  I personally enjoy springtime when the air is crisp and the plants are blooming. 

Keeping cool is the key to enjoying those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
Cover up:
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothes that cover more of your body, and protect your skin from the sun’s rays, to help keep cool in low humidity heat.
  • Choose loosely-woven natural fabrics (cotton, silk, linen), rather than polyester, rayon, or other artificial fibers which don’t “breathe”.
  • Wear light colored clothing to help reflect heat.  Darker colors absorb the sun’s heat and stay warmer longer.
  • Articles of clothing designed to wick moisture from the body and dry quickly may be helpful in high humidity environments.
  • Sit in the shade and avoid strenuous activity during peak sunlight hours (10 am - 3 pm).
Add water:
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine.  A hydrated body is better able to regulate temperature.  Try drinking at least 8 ounces of water every hour to stay hydrated in the heat.
  • Run cold water over your wrists for 10 seconds on each hand to help cool down.
  • Fill an inexpensive spray bottle with water and use it to mist yourself.  In a breeze, water on the skin evaporates and helps to cool the body in a similar manner to perspiration.
  • Wrap a wet handkerchief, towel, or cloth around the back of the neck.
  • Take a cool bath or jump in the pool and go swimming.
Keep it frozen:
  • Drink iced beverages.  Frozen beverages, such as “slurpees”, or popsicles can help provide temporary relief.
  • Freeze bottles of water and sip on the water as it melts throughout the day.
  • Hold ice cubes, ice packs, or anything frozen against the inside of the wrists, back of the neck, or top of the head to provide quick relief.  
  • Snack on frozen bite-sized pieces of fruit, such as pineapple chunks, banana slices, blueberries, or grapes.
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Strategies for Keeping Cool with MS in the Summer Heat

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