Hey! Can someone, please, turn off the heat a bit?! Every year we find it harder and harder to survive unimaginably high air temperatures and more ingeniously to escape the heat. Some of us may be wearing less clothing, turning on air conditioning, eating only ice cream, or refreshing ourselves by drinking cool drinks. However, some have far better ideas in their mind – they choose to spend their summer as close as possible to cool water, sea, river, or lake. Water entertainment is one of the essential attributes of summer. Still, before diving into the never-ending summer sun, you need to know how to behave before, during, and after. Today we will talk about just that, and in addition, we will discuss how special water is to the human body.
Water – it’s What We are Made Of
Around 65-70 per cent of our bodies are made of water, and we would be able to survive only three to four days without it, but we do not advise anyone to improve this record. Researchers and medical practitioners state that person should drink around 3-4 litres of water per day, depending on the sex. A glass of warm water with lemon juice is the best way to start the day and wake up your body and prepare it for the upcoming breakfast – this will activate the organs; it would be easier to digest the food, and you will feel more energetic.
When it is hot outside, you need to drink even more water because most of the fluids you consume are eliminated from your body through sweating, which we simply cannot avoid – by sweating, we cool our body and protect it from overheating. Water is vital to our organism, so even after a short time without it, we start to experience dehydration. Dehydration is the scientific name for the lack of water for our bodies to function, and this phenomenon is quite unpleasant. Our body, feeling that we are consuming a little less water than is typical for it to function, begins to send signals to various organs and shut them off. Although our kidneys feel the first effects of water deficiency, the subsequent effects of dehydration are also not that good. Your body will not regulate its temperature, your joints will start hurting, you will experience a lack of energy and tiredness, your blood pressure will go up and down, and in the worst case, your brain may even start to swell, resulting in death.
Four Ways to Cool Off
We just reiterated what everyone had to know before they could even open this blog to read. Water is necessary for our lives, and in summer, we must drink it even more than usual because of the heat. However, during the hot season, there are many chances to cool off without drinking water. Water entertainment is one of the most popular ways to relax from the summer heat, exhausting work in the office, and just have a good time.
- If you have a swimming pool in the yard of your house, do not hesitate and invite your friends to the coolest summer party. Prepare drinks, food, and good music – we guarantee you will have the time of your life and escape the heat the best way possible!
- If you cannot find even the smallest pool around, look for a green area – lawn near your house, park or other. Invite your friends or all the residents of the neighbourhood and let the water fight begin! Take care of water balloons or toy water guns, cool off, and let the losing team take care of the snacks.
- Natural freshwater bodies are a real paradise for any person, so why buy a pool or look for the park if there is a river or lake near you? Attracting thousands of people to the coast during summer, swimming in a river or lake is a great way to have fun but choose only safe and well-known water bodies for quality time.
- To spend the evening looking at the sunset at sea at least once summer is a dream of every person. It doesn’t matter if the sea washes the shores of your country or if you must travel to the most popular resorts in the world to wash your feet in salt seawater. Iodine-filled air and cool water are great ways to refresh, but you often must contend with other people for the most comfortable place on the beach.
What to Know Before, During, and After?
We have shared with you four different fun ways to cool off from the summer heat. Despite the fun and refreshing moments, water entertainment needs to be enjoyed responsibly, so everyone needs to know a few basic things before diving into the water. All summer water entertainment ways take place in the fresh air; thus, enjoying them on a sunny day, you will get a great tan. Well, its greatness depends on yourself – we advise you to use a cream with SPF protection, which will protect you from red skin and the painful post-tanning process. Also, use a moisturiser for your skin after time spent outdoors to protect it from cracking and dehydration.
Of course, wear a hat when you are outdoors, which will protect you from the sun’s rays and overheating. However, the protection does not end there. Every time you come back from a lake, river, sea, or pool, be sure to have a quick shower and wash your hair. In natural water bodies and man-made pools, there are plenty of harmful biological and chemical substances such as chlorine, salt, and bacteria, so afterwards, it is necessary to remove them from your skin and hair as not to damage them.
Although you are reading this blog in summer, the following tips apply to other seasons as well. When spending time at natural water bodies and lying on the grass or sand, be careful and watch out for ticks and other parasites. Also, do not lay in direct sunlight for too long, swim in water only in places where you know it is safe, always listen to the instruction and warnings of the local bay watchers; only then you will be able to enjoy summer safely.
BONUS – Foods High in Water
Water in summer is meant not only for refreshing yourself but also to support the essential functions of our body. Although every vacationer’s basket must have a flask with water, you can also find some space in your backpack for high water foods. For a hot day outdoors, choose cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, eat salads, cabbages, and celery, choose yoghurt and cottage cheese for brunch, treat yourself with delicious pasta for lunch, and have shrimp, salmon, or chicken breast for dinner. Even if you often consume the mentioned foods, be sure to drink a lot of water!
Too long, didn’t read? We need water to survive, especially when it is this hot outside! Thus, all fun summer activities, including water, are great ways to cool off – have a water fight in the park with your friends, organize a pool party with chill drinks, or go for a swim in local water bodies. Just before you dive, properly prepare your body and skin for what is about to come. We advise you to wear a hat and use sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF protection. Afterwards, have a quick, clear water shower to wash off any bacteria, salt, and chlorine that very well stick to your skin and may hurt you later!