If you live in the local latitudes, you are looking forward to summer and sun. But many quickly get their downsides when they catch cold tropical temperatures of over 30 ° C. And that is not uncommon: Around 20 percent of all flu infections make us in the summer to create. Find out where the summer cold lurks and what you can do about it here.
1. "It's moving!"
Do not expose yourself to direct drafts. Especially indoors, you often try to escape the heat through open doors and windows or fans. Drafts cool the mucous membranes - with the result that they can ward off common cold viruses worse. To avoid the body being exposed to strong temperature differences, make sure the air conditioner is not set too cool. Be careful when shopping. Many shops and shopping malls are working with air conditioners, which reduce the indoor temperature greatly: The risk of colds rises!
Tip: The ideal room temperature is 20-21 ° C. Generally, the room temperature should not be more than five degrees below the outside temperature. When shopping, you can protect yourself with a light jacket or cloth from excessive temperature differences.
2. Sweat, but do not cool
Slip into dry clothing as soon as possible after sweating. Especially in summer gardening, hiking or climbing stairs can easily become a sweaty activity. Although sweating is healthy and helps to regulate body temperature, wet clothing cools the body too much.
Tip: You should always have a t-shirt or top to change. Particularly recommended is functional clothing made of polyester or polypropylene. It transports the sweat attracted to the clothing away from the skin and causes it to evaporate on the outside of the garment. Cotton, on the other hand, stores moisture and sticks to the body like a cold layer on sweating, which can cause the skin temperature to drop by up to 10 ° Celsius.
3. Do not overdo the cool bath
Do not stay too long in the cold lake or pool. A dip in the refreshing water is tempting at high temperatures, but beware: the body can cool down and become more susceptible to cold viruses.
Tip: Dry off well after the bath. It is best to protect yourself by immediately putting on dry clothes as soon as you get out of the water. This protects your body from cooling down. For water lovers who can not get enough of the cool water, it is worth investing in a shirt made of neoprene. This synthetic material is mainly used for diving suits and has excellent water and heat insulating properties. This is ensured by small, evenly distributed gas bubbles inside the fabric.
4. Better cooled slightly than ice cold
Avoid icy drinks as they cool the mucous membranes. The result: You can not ward off the common cold viruses enough.
Tip: Leave drinks from the refrigerator for a while if possible and do without ice cubes. Those who drink ice-cold drinks quickly refresh themselves only in the first moment. Because then it gets really hot: The body responds to the cold shock with increased blood flow. Better: drink cold drinks only by swallowing.
5. Do not underestimate temperature changes in the evening
Always have a light sweater or jacket handy to prevent the body from cooling down in time. Even on hot summer days, it can cool down noticeably in the evening, and the supposedly balmy night can be a cold hazard. And what starts with a chill can quickly turn into a summer cold.
Tip: Also note that you do not get cold feet in open shoes. For example, many beer gardens and open-air cinemas offer blankets that you can use when needed.
6. Driving without (cold) remorse
If you are traveling by car, take a cloth or other protection for your head and neck. Drafts through open windows are often underestimated, especially on very hot days. It cools and dries out the mucous membranes. Therefore, you should always have a protection in the luggage, if you let the wind blow around your nose. This is especially true for convertible cars. If you have an air conditioner in the car, it should not be set too cold so that the body does not cool down.
Tip: When parking, sun visors can help keep the heat out of the car. Attached in time to the windows, they provide soothing shade in the car.
7. Basking in moderation in the sun
Do not expose yourself to excessive heat and excessive sunshine. Because both reduce the immune system of your immune system. The result: sun worshipers are more prone to summer colds. If you are one of those people who can not get enough of the sun, make sure you drink enough. This keeps the mucous membranes moist and makes it difficult for cold viruses to gain access to your body.
Tip: Make yourself comfortable in the shade for a while, that will protect your body and your skin.
8. Drink enough
Drink a lot, especially in hot weather. That keeps you fit and healthy! Our body is about two-thirds of water - drinking too little, it has a negative impact on the body. Health disorders such as headache, fatigue or even kidney stones are the result. Another advantage of drinking: A sufficient hydration ensures that the mucous membranes are well moistened. Your protective shield against infections and pathogens works so well.
Tip: Do not wait to drink until you feel thirsty. It is a warning signal of your body. You have already drank too little. At temperatures above 30 degrees, two to three liters of liquid per day is a must.
9. Caution: risk of infection in large crowds
Avoid prolonged stays in crowded places. Especially in confined areas, cold viruses can spread so optimally. An example is overcrowded public transport: Due to the limited air circulation and the amount of people they are a paradise for germs. The risk of infection by droplet infection is therefore particularly high in such places - and the summer cold only a tiny step away.
Tip: For short distances, it is worth taking the bike once. Fresh air also promotes blood circulation and strengthens the body's defenses. In your free time you should give street cafes and beer gardens preference over air-conditioned rooms.
10. Hand washing
Wash your hands several times a day, as common cold viruses usually get stuck to the skin first. Thus, shaking hands or touching a doorknob after a cold person has touched it can quickly become a cold risk. When your hands come into contact with the face, the viruses can quickly make their way through the nasal mucosa into your body.
Tip: Refreshing wipes provide a great way to refresh in the summer and help keep your hands clean - at least in the short term. And they are practical for traveling.