How to prevent heat stroke and other heat related illness in Qatar

How to prevent heat stroke and other heat related illness in Qatar

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

With temperatures soaring in the 40's, you will want to do your best to stay cool and protect yourself from the worst of the heat. Qatar can be dangerously hot in the summer months, so it is extra important to be mindful of this fact to stay healthy.

We have collected a few basic tips for preventing heatstroke:

Drink plenty of water

Drink more water than usual because you’ll tend to sweat more as your body tries to cool down in the summer heat. Water also supplies you with many minerals your body needs to function at its best, so take a water bottle with you when you go out and keep your glass full indoors.

Drink at least 8-12 cups of water daily.

Physical activities

Avoid doing physical activities outdoors while the sun is strong and exercise indoors during this time.

Direct sunlight

Try to stay out of direct sunlight in the peak hours of the day when the sun is at its hottest. Protecting yourself from UV rays is also important, so be sure to wear sunglasses when you go out.

Using umbrellas

Use umbrellas to protect your head and body from direct sunlight especially at the beach.

Sunscreen

Use sunscreen at least half an hour before sunlight exposure.

Caffeinated drinks

Reduce consumption of caffeinated drinks including coffee and tea. Avoid energy and soft drinks.

Clothing

Stick to loose clothing made of light, breathable material that gives your body more space to release heat. Dark colors tend to absorb more heat, so going for whites and light pastels is a better idea if you’re spending your day outdoors.

Healthy eating

Eat a healthy balanced diet and increase the consumption of vegetables and fruits as they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and water.

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