Staying cool in the summer

sunglasses on a beach towelWhen the temperatures get warmer in the spring and summer it is especially important to make sure you are staying cool and hydrated to avoid conditions like dehydration or heat stroke. Follow our tips for keeping cool this summer:

  • Stay hydrated. According to Dietitians of Canada, women 19 years and older need 2.2L of fluids per day and men 19 years and older need 3L of fluids per day. Your individual needs can vary depending on your activity level. Fluids include water, but also drinks like juice, tea, and milk, as well as foods like soup. If those numbers seem hard to reach for you, consider drinking a glass of water every day when you wake up and before you go to sleep, carry a water bottle with you to class or work, and drink a hydrating beverage with each meal.
  • Protect your skin. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and wear light-coloured clothing and hats. If you are outside, find some shade during the hottest parts of the day (typically 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).
  • Keep your house cool. Even if you don’t have air conditioning, you can keep your house cool by shutting the curtains or blinds during the day, keep the windows open at night when the air is cooler, run your fans to keep air moving, and avoid using the oven by making a meal that doesn’t require heat like a sandwich or salad, or cooking outside on a bar-be-que if you have one.
  • Find an air-conditioned space. If your house is simply too hot during the day, find an air-conditioned space on campus to cool off, or visit a public library, mall, or a pool to cool down.

Staying cool and hydrated is so important as the temperatures go up. Keep these ideas in mind as we move into summer.

For more information:

Dietitians of Canada - Why is Water So Important?

Health Canada - Sun Safety

Health Direct Australia - Staying Cool

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