How to Avoid Sunstroke During San Fu Tian2016-07-18 16:38:47Share:
In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Sanfu refers to the three 10-day periods that are predicted to be the hottest days of the year, which are called Toufu, Zhongfu and Mofu.
Sanfu is between mid-July to mid-August. Let's take a look at the Chinese traditional ways of spending the dog days of summer.
JIufeng Nature Park, Haidian District, Beijing.
Sunstroke, heatstroke that is caused by exposure to sunlight, occurs when the body runs out of ways to adequately cool itself.
Proper prevention will help you avoid sunstroke, which is a very serious and life threatening condition. There are a few simple steps you can follow to prevent common factors that lead to sunstroke, which will help you avoid it altogether.
Stay out of direct sunlight. The direct cause of sunstroke is exposure to extreme heat and sunlight. The first step to preventing sunstroke is to stay out of direct sunlight.
This is especially true on hot days. Make sure you keep your bare skin away from direct sunlight as much as possible. If you have to be out in the sun, wear a hat or walk with a light umbrella.
Avoid going out at the hottest part of the day. The most dangerous time of day is the time midday to the afternoon when it is the hottest. Try to go out in the early or later parts of the day if you want to enjoy the outdoors or have to work outside.
Also avoid exercising outside during this time of day as well. Exercise causes your body temperature to rise, which will make the likelihood of sunstroke even worse, especially if you are in the direct sun.
Get acclimated. If you want to spend a lot of time outside in the heat, or if you have to work outside in the heat, get yourself acclimated to the weather first.
Start out with small shifts in the heat, building up your resistance to the elevated temperature that you are not used to. As you get used to it, you can start spending more and more time outside, but always remember to take breaks from the heat to give your body a break.
Avoid enclosed spaces. Another way to get sunstroke is being in an enclosed space with no air flow. This can be a house without air conditioning or fans, a car without the windows open, or any other small, enclosed room that has no cool air movement.
If you live in an area without air conditioning, buy fans to help circulate air. This will help cool down the temperature and lower your body temperature. You should also open the windows in the room, which will help you circulate more air as well.
Drink plenty of fluids. One of the main reasons your body suffers from sunstroke is because it runs out of ways to cool itself. This happens when your body stops producing sweat, which is the way it naturally cools. In order to keep yourself hydrated so you can sweat properly and normalize your body temperature, you need to drink plenty of nourishing fluids. This includes while you are outside and when you come back in. Replenishing what you lost is very important.
Water is the best thing to drink while you are outside or preparing to go outside. Also try sports drinks with added electrolytes if you are undergoing vigorous exercise outside.
Wear light, loose fitting clothing. When you know you are going to be outside in the heat, make sure you wear clothes that are not constrictive. They should be lightweight and in a breathable material, such as cotton or linen. This will help keep your body cool and allow you to sweat properly.
Protect yourself from sunburn. Another way that you can develop sunstroke is through sunburn. This is because sunburn limits your body's ability to cool itself.
To protect yourself from sunburn, wear sunscreen whenever you are going to be out in direct sunlight. Wear broad spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF 30.
Reapply throughout the day because the sunscreen will come off through sweat, water, and activity. This is especially true at the beach, even if you are under an umbrella. You can get sunburn from the sun's reflection off the sand.
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