Natural ways to help you cope with the heatwave

Natural ways to help you cope with the heatwave

Here are effective ways that can help you better cope with the extreme temperatures.

Woman cooling herself in front of the open fridge
Woman cooling herself in front of the open fridge/ iStock

In some parts of South Africa, temperatures are expected to rise to 40 degrees in the coming days. 

High temperatures can pose a health risk, with heat stroke a major concern.

To limit the harmful impact of a heatwave, you can do the following: 

- Stay hydrated by drinking enough water. During hot weather conditions, your body might get dehydrated and this is why it is important to drink plenty of water. The water will also cool you down. 

- Put on sunscreen to protect you from the harmful effects of the sun. Also, wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face. 

READ: SAWS: More thundershowers expected in Gauteng this week

- Open the windows at night while the air is cooler outside. 

- Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm. 

- Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine. According to the Alcohol Rehab Guide, drinking alcohol will cause you to feel dehydrated. 'Alcohol consumption can cause an onset of dehydration more easily due to the fact that it is a diuretic, meaning it rids the body of more fluid than it takes in,' reports Alcohol Rehab Guide. 

- Avoid food that heats up the body such as ginger. 

- Avoid sitting in the car in the heat as the temperature in the car can increase in a short space of time. 

- Take a cool shower. 

- Wear loose clothing made from natural fabrics.

READ: Protecting your car from hailstorm damage 

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