6 Tips to Survive Shanghai’s Scorching Summer

By Jiahui Health

 

Every day feels like a burning furnace in Shanghai. 35, 35, 35, 35, it’s basically a “monotempered” thermometer at this point. There’s no escaping it, Shanghai’s summer is here to stay. But that doesn’t mean you have to give in to the sweating, heat exhaustion, dehydration, sunburn, fainting, or edema. Here are 6 tips to help you survive Shanghai’s scorching summer sun. 
   

    
1.Use portable fansPortable fans are cheap and effective. They’re light, compact, easy to use, and super accessible. Just spend a few minutes on Taobao and get a set, it can work wonders

2. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothesThis isn’t a physics class, but to quickly summarize: Dark colors absorb heat and light colors reflect heat. Lightweight, thinner clothing will also help you feel cooler.

 

3. Stay hydrated, avoid alcohol & caffeine
Water, water, water, water. This is your best friend, especially when it comes to hydration. Alcohol, caffeine, and high-energy drinks on the other hand can give you excess energy. Energy creates heat, especially if it goes unused.
  
  
4. Avoid outdoor exercise in the sunExercise is great, but try not to do it in the hot sun. Try to find indoor exercises, or wait till the sun sets before taking a heavy load outside. 

5. Eat light mealsHeavy consumption means heavy metabolic processes. Heavy metabolic processes mean heavy energy production. You guessed it right, that means more heat. 

6. Your pets feel the heat too, take care of them!You’re not the only one feeling the heat. Your pets do too. By keeping them cool, you will help prevent a cycle where you have to keep tending to their needs (which technically requires more energy on your part and thus creates more heat). It all works out.
     

These are just some basic tips to help you out. Of course, prevention is key. But sometimes the sun gets the best of us all. If you’re experiencing any heat-related disease, please call emergency services (120) or Jiahui Health 24hr Call Center (400 868 3000). Try to keep cool until help arrives.

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