Six-year-old Ali plays in a fountain in a fountain to beat the heat(Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

We’re in the so-called dog days of summer and a heatwave is gripping the nation. We’ve got your top five tips to beat the summer heat.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is dangerous. It occurs when your body looses more water than you are taking in. So if you’re sweating a lot in this heat, you need to up your water intake. The basic rule is 8 x 8 meaning drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water. Health experts say that number should be increased if you are exercising in this heat, drinking coffee or drinking alcohol.

Look for the Shade

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Stay in the shade of an umbrella when on the beach and other outdoor activities.

When you’re outdoors, look for shade. At the beach, be sure to bring an umbrella. As you know, an umbrella wont change the air temperature, but it will make you feel 10-15 degrees cooler than when the suns rays are beating down on you.

Stay Cool

This one has a double meaning. The obvious part of staying cool is staying indoors with the AC on.  However, staying cool also refers to your temperament. Stress is not good anytime but stress combined with this heat is a bad combination. Take some deep breaths, try to meditate and always listen to Sunny 106-3 to make you feel good.

Know Your Cooling Points

Our bodies have cooling points. If you’re feeling overheated or uncomfortable, grab some ice or a cool cloth and place it on one of these pulse points: wrists, neck, inside elbows and knees, inner thigh/groin.

Wear Loose, Light Colored Clothing

Moisture wicking fabric is great for keeping you from getting sticky and uncomfortable with sweat. Loose, lighter fabrics help keep the airflow to your skin underneath, for keeping sweat at bay or at least helping it dry quickly.

In addition, don’t forget about your pets. Keep them cool and hydrated just like you do for yourself. No excessive outdoor exercising either. The National Weather Service has this great heat index chart with health problems you could possible face as the mercury climbs.