Florida is known for its beautiful weather and beaches. South East Florida’s temperatures have been hotter than normal, fueled by a lack of rain, resulting in sun-parched, humid days. A high-pressure system over the Atlantic, combined with Saharan dust drifting more than 4,000 miles from Africa, is making it feel like 90 degrees by mid morning. Trying to keep cool on these rare days can be a challenge. With higher chances of rain this week expect some relief from the summer heat. While waiting for the rains to come, it’s imperative that South Floridian's try to keep cool and hydrated. It is advisable to keep out of the sun during peak periods, wear sunscreen, hats and protective clothing to avert heat-related complications. A good recommendation to beat the heat: “Go inside to a cool place during the hottest time of day, which is usually between 1 and 4 p.m.’’ Consider these 3 additional suggestions to help you stay cooler:
1. Hydrate: One way to keep skin healthy in hot weather is by treating it from the inside out. It’s a good idea to drink between six and eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Dr. Eric Coris, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of South Florida, states ’Our bodies are like cars. If we don’t replace them with fluids they overheat,” says Dr. Eric Coris, associate professor of family medicine at the University of South Florida. Do have trouble remembering how much water you’ve consumed? There are smart phone applications that keep track of your daily water intake and remind you when you’re not drinking enough.
2. Eat light: Load up on salads with veggies and fruits, such as vitamin packed lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, veggies and fresh fruits. “Vegetables and fruits are packed with water, and eating them boosts your daily fluid intake,” according to Shannon Satterwhite, a registered dietitian. For an extra cool treat, make homemade blueberry, raspberry, fruit and yogurt frozen pops. They are packed with antioxidants and the berries help boost your immune system.
3. Replenish: It’s a good time to revisit your skin care. Get serious about sun safety, it is difficult to avoid the effects of the Southern sun. Restore moisture to your skin by applying a rich moisturizer after you shower and before bedtime. Skin-care needs during the hot summer months are different from the routine you use in the winter. From amplified acne to the hazards of the sun's UV rays, protecting, hydrating and nourishing the skin during hot weather conditions can be an unnerving task. Wearing sunscreen is probably the most important thing you can do to protect skin from the sun. Look for products that contain soothing ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, or yogurt, which can ease sunburn and replenish skin. See your dermatologist regularly for checkups.
The most essential nutrient is WATER. Nutrients don't only come in the form of food and often the most important nutrient - water is a forgotten nutrient. You can last for some time without food, but only days without water. Enjoy the south Florida sunshine and be wary of the heat.