Sunday, July 28, 2013

Temperatures Rising

July had a wave of extreme heat, but summer has not ended.  As the summer sun continues to sizzle, put extra attention towards staying cool.

What to do?
  • Aim for a minimum of 64 oz fluids (mostly water) daily.
  • Drink fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Make sure your animals have adequate water and shade.
  • Be sure to eat small meals and eat more frequently to stay nourished - often with extreme heat, people will mention decrease in appetite.
  • Wear light weight and light colored clothing instead of dark colors that absorb the sun's rays.
  • Check on your family/friends/coworkers/neighbors.
  • Be aware of the temperature as well as the heat index, which can increase in direct sunlight by 15 degrees.

Do not ignore signs of heat-related conditions as these can be life-threatening.  Check out the American Red Cross for more information of recognizing and responding these emergencies. 

Flavoring water?
  • Flavor it yourself to control ingredients while avoiding chemicals and added sugar. 
  • Thirst quenching, nutritious, and easy.
  • Flavor water with fresh fruit - enhance taste and replace electrolytes.
    • Slice lemons, limes, oranges, cucumber. 
    • Simply squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon or limes.
    • Toss in a handful of berries.
  • Add herbs and spices
    • Mint, basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, ginger.
  • Examples:
    • sliced cucumber + sliced lime + fresh mint leaves
    • sliced strawberries + sliced lemon + fresh basil leaves
    • Place ingredients at the bottom of a glass jar and mash up the fruit with a wooden spoon, then add water.
  • Have fun creating your own combinations of flavored water!

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