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Several pieces of advice on how to cool down on a hot summer day

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Many European countries have already experienced the heat wave. Weather forecasts predict that heat will take over Latvia as well. Therefore, physicians remind of a few simple truths each person should keep in mind on a hot summer day.

A cold shower should not be used to cool down during hot weather; warm water is much more preferable. Ice-cold water is not the best way to cool down, because cold water forces skin pores to close and the hot body will have difficulties generating sweat to lose heat through evaporation. Warm and slightly cold water will help fall asleep in the evening, if too much heat causes insomnia, intern of Premium Medical Dace Cibule advises.

Ice can be used on specific points on the human body to improve the flow of blood. Cold – hot compresses are also good for this. A good way to cool down while at work would be arm baths (fill a sink with cool water and submerge your hands up to your elbows for two minutes).

Air conditioners should be avoided because air temperature differences between inside and outside should not be too high. If a sweaty person enters a room that is too cold, he can easily get sick with summer flu, the medic warns.

Self-massage will help with swelling. Remember, during hot weather you should drink 3-4 times more water than usual – up to 10 litres per day. It is advised to stick to water and low calorie beverages – juices are advised to be diluted with water. A good summer beverage would be buttermilk or kefir with water (1:1); also, drinking mint tea is also a good way to cool off. Energy drinks and lemonade should be avoided because they contain a lot of sugar. Coffee (two cups a day) is acceptable as long as a glass of water follows a cup of coffee.

You organism will be happier with a lighter diet because food that is difficult to digest constitutes an excessive burden on the digestive system, thereby forcing an increased flow of blood the stomach creating an unnecessary burden on the vascular system.

When doing sports, remember one simple principle – better to do it lightly, but for a longer time than doing it more intensively, but for a shorter time. Also, everyone should remember to wear some kind of headwear, which is obligatory for small children. Remember to stay out in the sun for no longer than 20 minutes to avoid a sun or heat stroke.

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