Have we ever known a time that was so hot in the UK & Ireland ?
Cold drinks, and cold food is good cool down with.
We have found we get our breakfast in more early, but a simple brekkie of granola with nice cream ( frozen banana smoothies ) topped with fruit and granola is a really fun way to start the day. Our blog has other tips also on staying healthy and cool in this weather enjoy...
Keeping hydrated is important to keep hydrated and there are simple drinks which are easy to make but are refreshing.
It is good to keep a chilled flask or bottle of water always available, but infusing it with fruits is both refreshing and adds variety versus sugary drinks, or buying flavoured water.
Many people actually find it hard to drink a lot of plain water so adding things like added mint, fruits, herbs brings variety.
In this weather we are advised to at least drink 2 litres a day, which is a big increase.
Signs of dehydration
- feeling thirsty.
- dark yellow and strong-smelling pee.
- feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
- feeling tired.
- a dry mouth, lips and eyes.
- peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day.
- lack of concentration and lethargy
- vomiting or diarrhoea
- been in the sun too long (heatstroke)
- drunk too much alcohol
- sweated too much after exercising
- a high temperature of 38C or more
- been taking medicines that make you pee more (diuretics)
It's good to check in on older people if you live near as they may struggle more.
More information The NHS website advises
Who's most at risk?
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
- older people – especially those over 75 and female
- those who live on their own or in a care home
- people who have a serious or long-term illness including heart or lung conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson's disease or some mental health conditions
- people who are on multiple medicines that may make them more likely to be badly affected by hot weather
- those who may find it hard to keep cool – babies and the very young, the bed bound, those with drug or alcohol addictions or with Alzheimer's disease
- people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places – those who live in a top-floor flat, the homeless or those whose jobs are outside
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