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How to survive a heatwave

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I’m loving this weather, but then I have the freedom to work from home or a cool therapy centre. I realise that not everyone is so lucky.

But it hasn’t always been that way, so here are my 3 top tips for surviving the heat:

1. Drink lots of water. This may sound obvious, but it’s surprising how many of us are still not drinking enough. The general consensus is that 1 1/2 to 2 litres of water a day are needed to maintain optimum hydration, but this applies to normal British weather. Everyone is different, but I’m currently drinking over 3 litres a day, and I’m not having to force myself to do it. I’m just listening to my body and responding to its thirst mechanism. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, tiredness, lack of concentration and aches. It also shows up in your skin; you can see the pores more clearly.

2. Wear a hat when you are out in the sun for any length of time or sit under a sun umbrella. Our heads are the most sensitive to the strong heat. While our hair usually protects us from sunburn, the direct heat shining down on our brain will make us feel unwell far quicker than if we have something shading us.

3. Open your windows. If you have a fan, put it close to the window so you are circulating the fresh air coming in, rather than the stale hot air in the middle of the room. If you are lucky enough to have sash windows, open both the top and bottom parts. The hot air will rise and leave through the higher gap drawing in cooler air through the bottom. A similar effect can be achieved by opening windows on the ground floor and upper floors of your house.

I’m sure there are plenty of other tips people use to survive this weather. Please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Ros Kitson

Ros Kitson is a professional kinesiologist and practises Three in One Kinesiology and Face Reading at The Wellbeing Centre. She also has qualifications in Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, and Counselling.

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