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20 Jul, 2012

Surviving the heat

There is of course a small price to pay when one goes looking for the sun. The heat becomes very intense. There is no need, however, to repeat the fall of Icarus. Small acts of consciousness can make a world of difference.

For a start don’t go ‘flying’ in direct sunlight especially between the hours of 11:00a.m. and 17:00 p.m. between the months of June, July and August. Always choose a shady spot and use umbrellas, parasols and hats for good measure. The sun’s reflection off the pavement or water’s surface is enough to get you a good holiday tan.

“Stay in the shade whilst drinking lots of water”

This is not Dedalian science nor is it about avoiding a 3rd degree skin burn. The heat causes us to loose large amounts of precious water from our physical and energetic system. Make sure you drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water a day in addition to water filled fruits and vegetables such as melon, watermelon and cucumbers.

Frequent showers, dips in and out of the pool and of course the sea are simply a requirement. Avoid any strenuous activities all together or postpone for the early hours of the morning if impossible.

Get creative parasols are chic

Air-conditioning can provide effective heat management but it can also make us less tolerant to heat outside an air-conditioned room. For a long term stay keep AC use to a minimum by cooling down a room before eating or sleeping and get creative with ceiling fans and closed shutters to keep direct sunlight out for the rest of the time.

Light colored clothes from natural fibers allow your skin to breathe whilst heavy duty make-up will not. Alcohol might provide temporary relief but soon depletes your heat tolerance system.  Parasols may look funny but can be tres-chic and effective.

Above all else enjoy the flight!

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