Hey EU friends experiencing the heat wave please remember to:

Keep water with you at all times, stay hydrated

Wear loose fitting clothing so your body can keep cool

Avoid spending excess time in parked vehicles

Avoid excess soda, alcohol, or caffiene

Eat foods with high water content (chilled fruits, etc)

If you feel dizzy, have goosebumps/chills, nausea, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, or an intense headache drink lots of water and rest.

Love, your buddy in South Texas

If you feel (constantly) weak, don't forget to consult a doctor

It is no shame to just lie down and do nothing, our bodies aren't meant to withstand heats and heat waves

Avoid high sugar foods and drinks

Try to keep a constant airflow running (ventilators/fans and the likes) to help your body cool off.

Try to avoid A/C, especially the cheap ones. They can cause headache and maybe worse

@ratbaby Have some friends from Texas who live here (Gothenburg Sweden) and the heatwave is brutal for them... since Sweden has almost no AC's anywhere. Our houses are built to retain heat and some large shops have AC's but thats the only ones...

@ratbaby oh its not as bad as it's in Texas (I've heard it was HELLISHLY warm), and most of my friends here who work in an office have just skipped work (or told to go home by the boss) since its so warm.

The big problem is the drought - the worst in recorded history - and the forest fires.

But it could be worse.

@ratbaby But we got beers, and tonight is the longest lasting bloodmoon/eclipse so we're going out to see that :)

@ratbaby how about not advising people to not drink soda? its hydrating and although high in sugar not at all a problem with heat.

@holger if it's caffeine free, sure, but water will obviously be a better option. Soda is better than nothing. Hell any water content is better than nothing.

@ratbaby heard a story recently that in heat like this, salt is also essential to avoid cramps? I know that after a few days of heat the body cuts down on the excretion of salt in sweat but you still lose more salt?

@brnrd @ratbaby
Short story/protip:
I keep some light salt (which is potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride) and powdered citric acid in one of my cupboards. (Light salt is super easy & cheap; citric acid is a GNC buy.)

After a hot, sweaty day, mixing maybe 1/4-1/2 tsp. of each in a big glass of ice water is AMAZING. It tastes very different, but your tongue recognizes how good and necessary both are.

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