Abrazo: Great tips for dealing with the summer heat
The heat of summer has arrived, which can contribute to creating conditions dangerous to your health.
Dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are just a few things you should be aware of, according to the healthcare professionals at Abrazo Health.
With temperatures so high, staying hydrated is important whether you’re sitting in the sun, exercising recreationally or exercising. If dehydration sets in, you may start to feel tired and dizzy, have muscle cramps or lose consciousness.
If you are active outside, try to get outside during the cool morning hours. This is especially important for children as well as the elderly who are severely affected by heat-related illnesses.
Here are some tips for staying on top of your hydration needs, especially for those with an active lifestyle:
• Before exercise: Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water within 2 to 3 hours:
• While warming up: Drink 8 ounces of water over 20 to 30 minutes.
• While exercising: Drink 7 to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes.
• After exercise: Drink 8 ounces of water within 30 minutes.
You can help stay cool this summer in several other ways. Here are some ideas to beat the summer heat.
• Wear natural fabrics, such as a loose white cotton or linen shirt. Dark fabrics absorb light more than light fabrics.
• Replace salt lost due to excessive sweating with lemon water. One squeezed lemon provides 21% of a person’s daily dose of vitamin C. The acid in lemons can damage your teeth, so don’t forget to use a straw.
• Remember that foods high in fat and protein take longer for your body to digest, thus requiring additional metabolic heat. Eat salads to help you feel light and hydrated.
• Use frozen water bottles to cool your pulse points including behind your ear, down your throat, on your wrist, inside your elbow, and behind your knee.
• Apply a moisturizer containing aloe vera to sunburned skin. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself.
• Invest in room darkening curtains to help retain light and heat more efficiently.
• Avoid using heat-producing appliances such as a dryer or oven during peak hours.
• Stay indoors or in an air-conditioned area as much as possible. Spending just two hours in an air-conditioned space can help reduce your risk of heat stroke.
If you or someone you know is suffering from heat stroke or dehydration, go to the nearest hospital or call 911. Please do not delay care.
For more information about Abrazo Health ER locations, visit AbrazoHealth.com/locations.
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