Keeping Healthy When Visiting Hot Countries

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When taking a holiday in a hot country it is important to take account of the weather conditions, whether you are taking a beach break in the Mediterranean or a shopping trip to Adu Dhabi, over exposure to heat can cause serious health risks.

Effects of heat

Spending too much time in the sun, no matter how appealing, can have serious effects on your health. The main result of over exposure to the sun is the risk of burning. Although the idea of sun tanning is to nicely bake yourself, each year many people overdo their sun worshipping and have to be treated for serious burns or heatstroke and with the added risk of skin cancer if you expose yourself to the sun for a prolonged period.

The other effect of too much sun is dehydration, which can cause nausea, fatigue, muscle cramps and headaches. If you become seriously dehydrated your body could suffer seizures, vomiting, muscle spasms and delirium.

Tips for keeping yourself safe and healthy when taking a holiday in a hot climate include:-

 

1      Keep hydrated, drink plenty of bottled water, make sure they are sealed tightly when you buy them as well. This is the main way of avoiding dehydration; also remember that infants and children may suffer the effects from a lack of water a lot sooner than adults.

2      Cut down on soft drinks, sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as tea or coffee during the hottest parts of the day. These liquids have the opposite effect to hydrating the body.

3      Avoid ice in drinks as it is normally made from tap water.

4      Avoid over exertion, light exercise is obviously good for you but strenuous games of beach football in 40-degree temperatures can be damaging.

5      Stay clear of direct, midday sun, the hottest part of the day is between 11am and 3pm.

6   Make sure that you have all the recommended inoculations for the country to which you are travelling.

7   Wear light clothing, sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the harmful effects of the sun.

8   Apply the correct factor sun block, at least, sunscreen protection factor SPF 30.

9   Find a cool shady place to sit or spend midday indoors in a cool air-conditioned place.

Treatment

For mild cases of dehydration you simply need to replace the lost fluids, electrolytes and salts from your body. You can also purchase over the counter sports drinks, which normally contain the right balance of electrolytes for your body. Where people are suffering from more serious levels of dehydration they may require medical assistance and the administration of intravenous fluids.

If you do spend too much time in the sun the best course of action is to take painkillers to help the pain, a cool shower or a bath will also help alleviate the discomfort. Drink lots of water to keep you hydrated and taking moisturisers or after sun creams on holiday with you; especially ones that contain aloe vera is a good idea.  In the case of sever sunburn a trip to the local hospital or doctor may be necessary to receive the appropriate treatment.

Jim Dean is a keen travel blogger and writes for Etihad airways who can offer you flights to Abu Dhabi as well as many other great (and hot!) places.

The Advantages of Drinking Water

There are many advantages of drinking water on a regular basis. Our bodies are mostly made up of water and so it’s just essential that we get more of it. This does not necessarily mean that we should drink soda and other sugary drinks. Instead, you should drink clean and pure water. It’s recommended that everyone drinks eight glasses a day and this is equivalent to four water bottles. This water will help to flush out harmful toxins from the body so that you are a healthier and happier person. In some cases, it’s also the perfect addition to any diet that helps you to lose weight.

There are many different advantages to drinking more water. For one, you will have cleaner and clearer skin. Your internal organs will function better and your mental state will be optimal as well. Water truly helps keep things running as far as the human body is concerned. That is why it’s so important to drink as much as you can. Drinking more water and exercising is a wonderful way to lose weight without needing any type of diet pills or surgeries that can be quite dangerous when done or taken on your own.

With so many people trying to lose weight and look their best, it’s no wonder that many are realizing how beneficial water is. You should drink as much as you can in order to become a healthier person overall. As stated before, try to stay away from anything that has excess sugar in it. Only drink water that is clear and clean. You can also choose to mix a flavor pack into the mix, but avoid anything that is processed and not all natural. You will be fit and lean in absolutely no time at all when you choose to drink more water.