Well what a summer we are having! Yes, we know as you are reading this the weather has shifted a bit but it is forecast to return.
Hydration is always important for our health and you can refer to our blog on Hydrathion for more information.
This weather turns it up a few notches and hydration alone is not enough. We have given some thought to staying cool, hydrated and well during this summer and here are our ideas.
Maintain your electrolyte balance
During a hot summer like this one we all perspire more; I walk into town most days and find I have to walk slower and slower just so I don’t arrive looking like a dripping mess.
What this means is that not only am I disposing of more water but in addition, I am losing electrolytes too.
Electrolytes are inorganic substances like:
These substances have an electrical charge and are essential to aid our bodies maintaining correct fluid levels. They also help with various cell and nerve functions.
How would you know you needed more electrolytes?
The signs of dehydration are:
- A dry mouth
- Darker than normal urine
- Puckered skin i.e. wrinkly fingers!
- Excessive thirst
How can I get more electrolytes?
There are some great sources to choose from:
This list screams out for some yummy smoothies or juices to be made. Perfect when you can’t be bothered to cook and your appetite is small!
You can also use:
- Coconut water – this is an amazing drink for re-hydration
- Switchle – we have recently introduced these fabulous drinks and we love these flavoursome drinks full of delicious ingredients.
The three flavours are:
I have tried these drinks and they are all so wonderfully different. I really recommend you give them a try!
These drinks not only taste great but they support our bodies too. The ingredients include apple cider vinegar, spring water and fruit extracts. No more nasty sugar additives. Hurray!
Switchle are leaders as part of the new trend for interesting non-alcoholic drinks. As more of us go tee total suppliers are getting more inventive to meet our expectations and this is a fabulous example. Alternatively, add them to your vodka or favourite tipple!
- Kombucha drinks give us flavour and valuable nutrients
- Vogel balance drink. This is a great formula offering you a variety of electrolytes in a tasty strawberry flavour. It is ideal for this summer season but also post work out or when you are just tired and need a boost
- Rehydration salts
- China – this is a vital part of any homeopathic kit. It helps to restore the body’s normal balance after any body fluid loss – water, blood, sickness or diarrhoea
- Water infused with watermelon or your favourite fruits/herbs. I am keeping a jug of water in the fridge so I always have a nice cold and flavourful drink
We want to emphasise the importance of keeping hydrated and healthy because not doing so can lead to:
Your body just struggles to function, you feel weak and may even faint. You will experience dizziness and headaches.
If this happens hydration is the obvious answer but it needs to be supported by a cool environment and rest.
Don’t be fooled, this could happen to you. A friend of mine spent half an hour in her allotment without a sunhat and she was unwell with heat stroke for the next 24 hours.
Symptoms of heat stroke are a high temperature above 103 degrees, very dry skin, and confusion and at its most severe unconsciousness.
This may well require a trip to your doctor so please take care and follow the hints we have listed below
- Have a water based drink with you at all times and sip regularly
- Have sunglasses and a hat with you at all times
- Carry a water spritz so you can cool yourself
- Stay in air conditioned environments as much as you can
- Avoid the midday heat
- Run cold water over your wrists to cool your body temperature
- Don’t do excessive exercise in full sun
- Be kind to your body and take it easy
- Accept that you cannot race around like you normally do
- Make sure you get some sleep
Sleeping in hot weather
The lack of sleep due to the hot nights is causing many of us some challenges.
- Have you been using a fan to circulate some air in your room?
- Are you keeping windows open through the house?
- Cotton PJs and night clothes help you to stay cool and in this heat do you need a duvet? If like so many of us you like to be covered just use a sheet
- Take a cooling shower before bed
- There are some foods that help you stay hydrated and sleep. We have linked to our friends at A.Vogels website. They have written an interesting article on food and sleep.
There are several homeopathic remedies that can help with sun related symptoms
Belladonna –patient will be very red, with a burning dry heat. They may have a throbbing headache alongside chills with no thirst and a fever
Glonoine – anyone needing this remedy will have a painful headache with visible pulsing of carotids; it will be worse as sunrise and improve at sunset. They are better for ice packs on the head and fresh air
Carbo Veg – the patient has collapsed, they are weak with cold and are clammy. They may feel nauseous too.
Cuprum Metallicum – this remedy addresses pronounced cramps particularly in the legs and abdomen.
We hope these tips help you stay cool and chilled for the rest of the summer.