Summer is currently in full swing here in the United Arab Emirates and there are some safety precautions we should keep in mind, especially since the average temperature in Dubai these days hit’s its highest at 45°C. Stay cool in the Middle East’s sweltering heat by following these 5 summer health tips!
1 . It’s Important to drink water, and Lots of it!
Remember when we were often told as kids to drink 8 glasses of water a day? That’s about 2 liters if you’re drinking from 8-ounce glasses. This summer, dial it up by drinking up to 3 liters. The key here is to not wait until your thirsty, and to use the color of your urine as an indicator if you need to up your water intake. Yellowish hues mean that you need to put more effort into hydrating.
Always bring a reusable tumbler or bottle with you as well whenever you go out. This way, you get your fill of fluids wherever you go, and you get to save up too since you don’t have to buy water from restaurants and stores!
2. Minimize your salt intake
With the scorching heat turning the country into a nationwide sweat fest, it’s important to steer clear of foods that will aggravate dehydration, such as salt-ladened, fatty, and processed meals. Excess salt will also make you bloat, and that’s one scenario you’d want to avoid if you’re planning a trip to the beach.
3. Load up on fruits and vegetables high in water content
We know, we know: vacations present the perfect excuse to skip a day or two of dieting. However, this doesn’t mean you can solely gorge on junk food! If craving for sweets, go for fruits with high water content such as watermelons and cantaloupes. Put grapes in the freezer and use them as ice cubes! Munching on greens will help keep you refreshed too. Here’s a suggestion: toss some carrots, corn kernels, zucchini, tomatoes, and a handful of spinach and lettuce in a large bowl. Serve cold as a summer salad!
4. Use a hat or an umbrella
Although we encourage you to do your outdoor activities early in the morning or in the late afternoon to minimize the harmful effects of UV exposure, we understand that you’d have to go out in the middle of the day eventually. Aside from dehydration, you’d also have to be wary of heat stroke, which can be fatal in extreme cases. Always wear sunblock when venturing outside, and don’t forget to cover your head with a hat or a cap or use an umbrella for extra protection.
5. Take a vacation!
Take advantage of the longer days and slower schedules by taking time to reset and unwind! Go to the beach, hike a mountain, visit a museum — summer is the perfect time to relax and explore new places and activities. Studies show that taking a vacation not only reduces workplace-induced stress and boosts creativity, it also minimizes your chances of falling victim to cardiovascular diseases. Don’t think twice about filing that leave – it’s for your well-being!
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