How To Stay Safe In This Summer Heatwave?

Navya SwarupJul 14 . 7 min read

Summer brings sunburn and sweat, as well as warmer weather, longer evenings, and garden barbecues. Insects like mosquitoes are on the prowl, and roads and beaches are becoming more congested. The season irritates everyone, whether humans, animals, or birds. And it makes it difficult to go outside, so everyone prefers to stay indoors throughout the summer. The temperature climbs to an uncomfortable level during the day.

Here are a few more reasons to dislike summer:

  1. Summer is a bug's favorite time of year. They can buzz around and bite us more if they have more incredible energy. A summer without mosquitos would be a lot more fun.
  2. Sweat makes us feel more distressed, puts pit stains on our clothes, and helps us stick to some chairs while sliding off others. It also gives us a foul odor.
  3. Warm weather reawakens a slew of offensive odors that had been sluggish or frozen over the winter. In the summer, everything smells, whether it's sweaty people or hot weather. 
  4. Sunburns are a significant cause of skin cancer. To avoid them, we must apply creamy sunscreen, dress in long-sleeved clothing with no exposed skin, or stay indoors.
  5. Summer causes hair to become excessively sweaty, oily, and frizzy.

What are the health risks because of the summer season?

The longer we are exposed to the heat, the more significant the consequences can be for our bodies.

  1. It can raise our body temperature, resulting in excessive sweating, sweaty skin, dehydration, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and cramps.
  2. When a person becomes too hot, they can develop heatstroke, which causes a fast, powerful pulse, confusion, and possibly loss of consciousness. They may also cause us to stop sweating.
  3. The heat from the sun causes contaminants to combine with atmospheric gases to generate ozone, making it difficult to breathe and leading to sickness. More ozone pollution is produced when the temperature rises. Still, on hot days, the air causes mist to linger.
  4. Allergies and asthma are worsened by warmer weather.

Lung cancer, allergies, asthma, and cardiovascular illness will rise due to non-ozone air pollution brought on by warmer weather. As the temperature rises, the death toll will grow as well.

Did you know that summer is linked to the development of skin cancer?

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, such as sunshine, sunlamps, and heat, poses the most significant risk of skin cancer. The higher the danger, the larger the exposure. With summer here, it's important to remember that excessive sun exposure can have negative consequences, including an increased risk of skin cancer. While some skin cancers spread slowly and respond well to treatment, others are difficult to treat and can have long-term, even fatal, implications. Understanding the hazards is the first step toward making informed lifestyle adjustments that may reduce our risk of skin cancer.

As people become older, their chances of developing skin cancer increase, and melanoma is among the most frequent malignancies among young adults, particularly women. People who have had at least one critical sunburn as a youngster or used sunlamps or tanning beds before age 30 also have a high risk of cancer.

Everyone is at risk because it is nearly impossible to live a life without being exposed to the sun. However, we can do a few things to protect ourselves from the sun and lower our risks of getting skin cancer. They are as follows:

  1. Apply sunscreen to our skin.
  2. Cover ourselves properly.
  3. Wear sun-protective swimwear.
  4. If we notice any strange changes in our bodies, we should inspect our skin closely.

What are the advantages of drinking water during the summer?

It is the only drink or beverage that is both hydrating and nutritious.

  1. It hydrates us and makes us feel more energized, and a person can feel fatigued if they don't drink enough water.
  2. Sweating consumes a lot of water and electrolytes throughout the summer season. Chronic fatigue is linked to long-term dehydration in medical terms. Water is required for regular enzyme activity in the body's cells. If a person is dehydrated, it may be difficult for him to produce the energy needed to keep moving. Water can aid in the alleviation of exhaustion and the recovery of low energy levels.
  3. One of the most common causes of constipation is not drinking enough water during the day. Water keeps the digestive tract lining moist and wet, making it easier for the system to process, digest, and remove foods. As a result, consuming adequate water can help us avoid constipation.
  4. It aids in the prevention of stomach ulcers. 
  5. A lack of water can result in insufficient mucus.

In the summer, how much water should we drink every day?

In the summer, a person should drink at least 7-8 glasses of water with enough fiber in their food if they are not doing any strenuous exercise or sweating excessively, and 8-10 glasses if they are sweating excessively.

These are some simple strategies we may take to increase our hydration intake:

  1. Drink something (ideally non-sweetened) with our meals.
  2. Instead of colas and carbonated drinks, try chaas, unsweetened lime water, fresh juices, and flavored water.
  3. Watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, bottle guard, and other fruits and vegetables high in water content will hydrate us and offer us a lot of fiber.

Is it simple to lose weight in the summer?

  1. Our bodies keep heated in the summer heat, and our blood cells are pushed up as well, so our general metabolic rate rises, which aids with food digestion. Also, when we exercise, a faster metabolism aids in the burning of more calories. The sweat glands are also more active throughout the summer, which helps us maintain a healthy metabolic rate.
  2. Sunlight is known to boost serotonin levels, or happy hormones, in the body, putting us in a better mood. Depression is thought to cause weight gain because people who are down are more likely to eat because of stress, but being in a good mood keeps us energized and vibrant.
  3. Vitamin D. Cortisol reduces cortisol levels in the body is a hormone that regulates immunity and energy levels. Lower cortisol levels lead to improved immunity and energy, as well as increased workout stamina.
  4. In comparison to the winter, the days are longer in the summer. That's why we are more likely to stay active throughout the day. Summers keep us engaged, while winters keep us cold and limp.
  5. Summers make us seek fresh, green foods and refreshing, colorful drinks that are low-calorie and nutritious. In contrast, winters make us crave hot dinners, hot cocoa, and sheltered cuisine high in calories.

Summer has some disadvantages, but numerous benefits like it produce a wide range of fruits and vegetables, and it is also the time of year when farmers prepare their fields for planting. Because there are no clouds to provide shade, the sky gets clearer. The sun is shining brightly. However, not everyone enjoys summer, and only a few people want it all year. As a result, we may conclude that summer is not as bad as it appears. It's much like any other time of year. Summer, like any different season, can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

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