We have had the sun shining for an amazing amount of time already this spring and summer.
Summer activities are at full tilt but I will remind everyone once again : Summer heat can sneak up on you causing dehydration, sunburn and exhaustion! Kids under four, folks over 65, and those who are obese, already ill, or taking medications can be easily affected. Prolonged exposure to heat can result in heat exhaustion. Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache and nausea or vomiting.
In ancient Egypt, China and the Far East, watermelon juice and seeds were traditionally offered to thirsty travelers. This refreshing fruit is one of the best remedies for dehydration and summer heat.
Pace yourself this summer. Carry water with you and sip it throughout the day.
Replace salts and minerals with sports drinks containing potassium and other electrolytes. Avoid sugary drinks.
Wear lightweight and light colored clothing.
Seek air conditioning or shade. Sunburn can happen very easily if you are not careful. Don’t forget the sunscreen. I had an article on sunscreen in the last blog you may want to go back and read. https://www.oregoncityacupuncture.com/sum-sum-summertime/
If you feel dizzy and/or stop sweating, stop your activity and get out of the sun fast. Drink cool, not cold, water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in it. The vinegar helps to replace electrolytes and minerals. Take a cool bath (or shower), that’s luke warm not real cold. That can bring on other problems.
With a little knowledge and common sense you can safely ease into summer fun.
Some cooling drink ideas:
In a quart of water make an infusion (just put some in) of watermelon, cucumber, lemon balm, mint. You can put some pieces of many fruits or veggies. Sprigs of mint or the lemon balm are good. Keep bottle cool and sip from it during the day. The mint can last for quite a while, just refilling the bottle with water each night. The fruit and veggies are better replaced each day. Many water jugs now have infusion strainers in them to make it easy to remove and clean out.
Here is a recipe from my favorite Olive oil provider: Fresh Pressed Olive Oil. This is from the Summer 2023 recipe book.
And more fun summer coloring pages for you to enjoy. Got them from a great website. https://www.prudentpennypincher.com/
Find a shady place under a tree, by a river and just chill.