As Indonesia is geographically situated near the equator, hotter climate is clearly apparent all year long. However, during the drier season, the weather might be a little more humid and prone to extreme heat more than any other times around the year. Therefore, are you equipped with the knowledge to beat the heat during this time of the month? On this week's journal, we will be sharing a few tips on how to keep yourself healthy during these hotter months to come. Read on!
1. Hydrate frequently
This tip comes without saying. As with any other time of the year, drinking enough fluids when living in a country like Indonesia is crucial for your well-being. Keep a habit of drinking at least 2 litres of water daily to ensure a proper hydration in the body. When you have enough fluid in the body, only then it will be able to transport toxins out of the body through sweat, as well as keeping your body temperature cool at all times. If you're getting tired of drinking water all the time, coconut water may be a good alternative as it contains natural electrolytes that can rehydrate and replenish your energy levels effectively.
2. Consume soothing foods
Eating your favorite fried foods or hot and spicy ones might not be ideal to do during the hotter days, as it can trigger your body to produce more heat. You are also more prone to contract illnesses such as sore throat or even acne breakouts due to the unstable body temperature. Therefore, it is more recommended to consume cooler and more soothing foods like jelly, fruits and vegetables.
3. Wear loose-fitting clothes made from natural fibers
While this tip might often be overseen, it is very important to keep your body functioning cooler during the day. Especially if you're working outdoors, avoid using synthetic fabrics such as polyester, rayon, or nylon, as they don't breathe and may trap sweat on the surface of your skin. This may cause prickly heat and other uncomfortable skin rashes that might interfere with your activites. Instead, opt for natural fabrics such as cotton or linen that can absorb sweat from your skin as well as enabling your skin to breathe freely. Wearing looser cut tops and bottoms may also give you more comfort to do things in a hot and humid day
4. Stay indoors during the afternoon
If you're one of the luckier bunch who doesn't have to work outdoors during the day, then plan your day accordingly to not be out in the sun at least during mid-day until 3 o'clock in the afternoon. That way, you'll be able to avoid peak UV exposure as well as keeping yourself sweat-free from the humid weather.
5. Take cover from the sun
However, if you have to go outdoors during those times stated on the previous pointer, make sure to shield yourself from the sun. Wearing a hat or using an umbrella may be some good options to beat the sun's heat away from your body.