Debunking heatwave myths: Are these 5 bits of advice true or false? | BreakingNews latest
Unsure what to believe when it comes to heatwave advice? We ask a doctor what they really think.
It just keeps getting hotter – and here in Ireland we are seldom equipped to manage proper heat.
You may have found yourself searching for answers to staying cool, and turning to old adages inherited from your parents. But, are these tips and tricks actually effective? We asked a doctor to explain…
1. Drink a hot drink to cool down
Whenever you see someone drinking a steaming cup of tea or coffee in this heat, you may be thinking: ‘Are they mad?’ But for years we’ve been hearing people claim this actually helps them cool down.
A majority (76%) of hot drink drinkers continue to drink hot drinks in a heat wave.
Around a quarter (22%) stop drinking hot drinks.
Younger hot drink drinkers are more likely to stop drinking hot drinks than older hot drink drinkers. pic.twitter.com/f4Ap9b6TX0Advertisement
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Dr Stephanie Ooi, a GP at myhealthcareclinic.com, says: “During hot weather, it’s essential you stay hydrated. Some people believe a hot drink can cool you down, but studies showing whether this is based on fact are mixed.
“It’s likely a hot drink will trigger the body’s sweat response faster, which will bring your sweat to the surface of the skin and help you feel cooler a little quicker.”
So, this one really isn’t black and white. And in many scenarios, a cool drink just makes sense. The important thing? Stay hydrated. “Whether you like your drinks hot or cold, just make sure you are drinking enough,” says Dr Ooi. “If your wee is a little darker than usual or your mouth is drier than usual, it could be a sign you are dehydrated and you should drink more fluids.”
2. Sleep naked