Staying hydrated to beat the heat


Refreshing: Some people are resorting to buying fruits after every meal to beat the heat.

TEMPERATURES are rising in the country and Ipoh folk agree that drinking lots of water is most important to beat the heat.

For businessman Christopher Ang, 30, he never leaves for work without his “hydrating companion” — his 2.8l water bottle.

“My work is very important and I am afraid that I might fall sick because of the scorching hot weather.

“By carrying my large water bottle, I can always keep myself hydrated when I am on the go.

“This way, it is easier for me to keep track of how much water I am consuming each day,” he told MetroPerak.

Unlike westerners who love basking in the sunlight, Ang said he much preferred staying indoors during hot sunny days.

“If it is not a necessity for me to step outside, I choose to stay in and enjoy the air-conditioning,” he said.

Salesperson S. Vikneshwaran, 20, said he loves to drink ice water after every meal to keep cool.

“However, these days I have to be mindful of my health because I have a sore throat and a hoarse voice now.

“This also means that I need to try my best to eat less fried and spicy food,” he said.

Vikneshwaran said he was glad that both his workplace and his home were air-conditioned.

“Otherwise, I do not know how to manage this sweltering heat,” he said.

Apart from drinking water, hawker Lee Yee Hung, 31, said he would drink a lot of herbal tea.

“My family loves to buy an assortment of them every week, like barley, sugar cane, luo han guo (Buddha’s fruit), and I drink them when I can.

“I think it is the best remedy not only for ailments, but the best way to beat the heat as well,” he said.

Lamenting that his house had no air-conditioning, Lee said the most he could do was keep a bottle of water next to his bed at night and increase the fan speed.

“I cannot afford an air-conditioner, so I am pretty used to sweating while I sleep during hot spells,” he said.

For account executive Nancy Liew, 27, she said she always eats fruits after every meal, especially when there is spicy, oily food involved.

“I am pretty prone to feeling too hot if I do not hydrate myself enough after eating such food.

“So I try my best to accompany each meal with juicy fruits such as watermelon, honey dew and papaya,” she said.

Liew added that some days when she happens to be out of the office, she would buy a packet of fresh coconut water too.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon also advised people to drink lots of water during the hot spell.

“Water is the best way to keep hydrated and to replenish lost fluids, not fizzy or soft drinks.

“If people choose to exercise in this weather, it is important to have a bottle of water by their side. I am not saying that people must stay indoors but they must look after their well-being,” he said.

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