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  • How To Survive a Heat Wave

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    It's a cooker out there Cleveland! Here are some tips on how to stay cool in this heat. Just be glad we're not in Washington D.C this week.

    Avoid caffeine and alcohol. While a cool beer may sound inviting on a steamy day, both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate the body, which is the last thing you need when temperatures rise. “Alcohol and caffeine are dangerous in this type of weather. They create a chemical inside your body that makes you pee more than you should–it’s a diuretic,” says Dr. Salvatore Pardo, the vice chairperson of the emergency department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York.

    Tone it down. Healthy people who are active during the day should limit the amount time they spend outside during peak heat hours, which generally span from 11 am to 2 pm. Shift outdoor activities to the early morning or evening. If you want to work out, consider going to the gym instead of running outdoors.

    Don’t forget humidity. If you must work out outdoors, remember to check humidity levels, which can add several degrees to the heat index. “The environment is two-fold, it’s temperature and the humidity. If it was 85 degrees and low humidity, that’s a beautiful time to work out. If it is 85 degrees and greater than 70% humidity, then your body is going to have a hard time cooling off,” says Pardo. The body cools off by sweating and evaporating the water on the surface of the skin. If the air is saturated with water, the process doesn’t happen as efficiently and you can’t cool down.

    Read more at Yahoo

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