It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Words we hear in the South when we’re sitting outside trying to enjoy a family BBQ. As Southern women we try to endure the heat gracefully and say, “we don’t sweat, we glisten.” But in all reality, we get sweaty and stink.
The hot muggy air not only makes you sweat it can be dangerous. There are a few things you can do to keep your body temperature and house cool and safe.
Drink lots of water. If you are outdoors and sweating a lot, supplement your water intake with sports drinks and electrolytes.
Eat foods that are cool. You can visit the Farmer’s Market in Harrisonburg every Friday for fresh vegetables and fruit for a salad, snack or sandwich. Popsicles or sno cones are also a welcomed treat when it’s hotter than a six shooter.
A cool shower or just splashing water on your pulse points is a fast way to cool yourself down. I learned from my son’s baseball coach that a wet towel iced down for Chris to put on the back of his neck. I can’t imagine how hot the players get because sitting in the stands and cheering was more than I could take.
Most of us know its best to wear loose light-colored clothes when it’s hot but it also helps to have sheets that are mad of a light fabric on your bed. Cotton sheets breathe easier than flannel or satin sheets.
Watch out for heat exhaustion and a heat stroke. Your odds of a stroke are increased when you exercise strenuously. Some warning signs for heat exhaustion include cool moist skin with goosebumps when you are in the heat, feeling faint, weak, muscle cramps, headache and nausea.
Warning signs for heatstroke include: body temperature above 104 degrees, altered mental state, slurred speech, flushed skin, high heart rate and headache.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms.
If it’s possible try and go outside in the morning or evening times to avoid the worst heat. And schedule errands and outdoor work during these times.
Don’t forget your four legging friends. They need water and shade too. And by all means, please do not leave them in a parked vehicle with no air.
To lighten the mood, I’m going to list some of my favorite Southern sayings about the heat. If we must suffer through it at least we can be colorful when we talk about it.
It’s hotter than blue blazes.
You could fry an egg on the sidewalk.
It’s hotter than a blister bug in a pepper patch.
Hotter than a two-dollar pistol.
Hotter than H-E double hockey sticks.
Even Satan ‘s sweating today.
It’s so hot the swimming pool is boiling.
It’s like a sauna in here.
I’m burning slap up.
I’m sweating like a hog.
Somebody fans me.
Y’all mind if we just stay inside?
How many days until winter?
Let’s move to the mountains.