Eat and drink to keep cool |

Eat and drink to keep cool

Samantha PalGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. In the peak of summer seniors need to be especially aware and take precautions to keep cool, even when it comes to eating habits.”Heat waves can be so dangerous, especially for people who don’t have A/C,” senior programs director Gwen Stephenson said.One way to keep your house from getting too warm is by eating salads and avoiding turning on your oven, Stephenson said.Kathy Johnson, a registered dietitian, said eating cold fruits, veggies and other such foods, and even using microwaves or toaster ovens in place of conventional ovens, helps to maintain a cooler environment.Dehydration is a big concern during the summer months. Seniors don’t always feel thirsty, but they are losing water by perspiring to keep cool. Johnson urges seniors to keep drinking fluids whether they’re thirsty or not.Fruits, Jell-O, juices and milk can help keep you hydrated, Johnson said, and even drinking caffeinated coffee and teas is better than nothing, as long as you don’t overdo it.Johnson also recommends cool smoothies, blender treats containing fruit and dairy products, which can provide extra calcium and act as a meal replacement.Stephenson recommends taking a break and going to the mall or other air conditioned place for a while to escape a warm house.”It’s good to get outside, even if it’s not in the heat of the day,” Johnson says.She recommends getting 15 minutes a day of vitamin D from the sun, which you can do by being out in the morning or evening. This will help increase calcium production, Johnson said.Contact Samantha Pal: 384-9105,

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