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Published 11 June 2023
The Caribbean is currently under a heat wave and our response will make a huge difference to our health. The projections of this heat wave could lead up to August/September.
Some common effects of heat waves on humans are dehydration that can lead to unconsciousness or death, heat rash, and psychological distress.
Here are some tips to help you cope and go successfully through this season…
- Drink more water to stay hydrated – at least 8-10 cups of water.
- Keep a bottle of water with you as a reminder to drink water.
- Wear light-coloured clothing preferably cotton. Cover your skin as much as possible.
- Wear broad brimmed hat to cover head and face.
- Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages especially during this time.
- Reduce the consumption of protein-rich foods (eg. red meats) as they increase metabolic heat.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are better options.
- Monitor our blood pressure to ensure they are in the normal range.
- Stay indoors (your house or office) between 12 pm and 3 pm each day as much as possible.
- Take baths of cold water before going to bed at night or even throughout the day.
Let us use these tips as our lives depend on staying healthy.