Beat the Humidity

When people think of summertime, many think about extreme heat. However, there is something else at play – the humidity. It can raise the heat index as well as cause the evaporation of sweat off the human body to slow down. Dr. Maria Mejia, associate professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, shares some tips on staying cool in humid climates.

An infographic that reads: Stay Inside: Limit exposure outdoors during hot days, particularly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the hottest part of the day. Hydrate: Drink fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty, and avoid alcohol. Drinking water can ease the load on the heart, kidneys and other organs. Dress Properly: If you have to go outside, wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat. Take breaks often. Even moderate physical exertion such as walking greatly increases the heat your body’s muscles will generate. Check on Others: Check in on neighbors who are elderly, house-bound or otherwise may be reluctant to ask for help. Never leave kids or pets in a closed, parked vehicle. References: Dr. Maria Mejia, associate professor of family and community medicine at Baylor.

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-By Anna Kiappes

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