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4 Tips to Avoid Heat Stroke This Summer

Summer is a great time for travel, lounging by the pool, and doing things with the family, but it’s also a time to watch your healthy, especially when it comes to the heat. Symptoms of heat stroke include dizziness, being unable to sweat in the heat, headaches, nausea, increased pulse, and difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately; to avoid experiencing them, check out these 4 tips below.

1. Stay to the Shade: The sun on your face and skin is inviting, but it can warm your body in less time than you think. If you know you’re in for a particularly warm day, choose an activity or area which provides some shade. The stark difference between shady areas and full sun is astounding, and it can keep you from overheating. Bring an umbrella to the beach, choose activities which offer easy access to the indoors, or other shady refuge, and don’t stay out too long in the full sun.

2. Cover Up: It seems counter-productive to cover up during the summer, as added layers will make you warmer, but even a sheer covering on your shoulders can make a big difference as to the level of heat and UV your skin experiences. It is especially important to wear a hat, or other head covering when spending lots of time outside in the sun. As the sunshine beats down on your head, it increases your core temperature, making the rest of your body feel equally hot. Don’t forget the sunscreen, either; it may not provide much protection from the heat, but it will keep your skin from drying up and burning in the harsh rays of the sun.

3. Hydrate: There’s nothing more important than water on a hot day. Drink it before you go out, bring a bottle with you, and drink it as soon as you finish an activity in the hot sun. Water will help cool your core temperature, and hydrate your body from within. It is the absolute best choice on a hot day, even over lemonade and iced tea. If you do prefer a sweet beverage over water, choose a sports drink, or flavored vitamin water, which will help restore nutrients to your body as you drink.

4. Know When to Stop: The sun is hot, the air is hot, and your body temperature will only get hotter as you are active throughout the day. It’s important to know when to quit, relax, and allow your body some time to cool down. Summer is a busy season for site seeing, gardening, and outdoor activities, such as swimming, kayaking, and fishing. While the weather may give ample opportunity to enjoy your favorite pass-times, don’t overdo it. Remember that as you move, your body temperature rises and you begin to sweat, combine this with the heat from the sun, and you’re on your way to heat stroke if you don’t monitor your activities. Try taking a break in between activities, spend some time in the shade, get a drink of water, refresh yourself, and then head out to try something new.

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