Research Departments Physiology 20200814 Embrace the heat
14 August 2020

We've had very warm days and who knows, maybe more tropical days will follow this summer. Maria Hopman has a number of tips: "Our body works best at a body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. It's not a bad thing to be a bit heated, up to 38 degrees Celsius is best, but with the heat of the past few days your heat balance is disturbed by the high ambient temperature. And that feels less pleasant. Your body tries to get rid of heat by perspiring, it has to work harder to make itself cooler, and you lose extra moisture as a result. Staying in a room with high temperatures for a longer period of time makes it easier to achieve some degree of dehydration. And that makes you drowsy and reduces your concentration.' If you still want to stay productive these days, take the following tips to heart:

  • drink and eat regularly
  • go out regularly
  • put on light clothing & cool at night
  • put your feet in a cold bath & fan on
  • stay calm

You can read the full article at Radboud Recharge (only in Dutch)

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