By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Donna Manrique
It‘s that time of year!! And by that we mean, the time of year where we say – I don’t think its eeeeevvvvvvvveeeerr been this hot! (despite what the almanac may say, I guess that’s what they mean by global warming?)
SERIOUSLY though folks, you are getting into the groove, becoming THE BEST YOU EVER – exercise is an integral component of that. But it is really important to take precautions, so the summer heat doesn’t bench you.
The best defense is a good OFFENSE! Here are our tips to avoid heat stroke in the dog days of summer (and yes, Cooper and Murphy, man’s best friend, follow similar guidelines):
*Aqua – drink plenty of WATER! Alane likes 1 Penta water a day, which can be found online or at Whole Foods for extra hydration.
*Supplements that contain electrolytes – like our awesome electrolyte powders! Yummy in a nutritional meal replacement, or added to your water bottle. Ultima Brand comes in delicious flavors, and Apex brand has plain flavor –so… we got ya‘ covered!
*Eat foods that help your body hydrated. Simple, fresh watermelon, cucumber, pomegranate, kiwi, celery, snow peas, pears, mint, basil seeds, gazpacho and believe it or not, wild salmon all play a role in maintaining hydration.
*Clothing – make sure it is lightweight and light in color. Breathable fabric will also help.
*Avoid sugar drinks, caffeine, and alcoholic beverages. (Just say NO to that margarita, if your fighting against yourself and that salty goodness is just too appealing, keep reading. We have some ideas why…)
*Get some shade! Literally avoid direct sunlight, find your place OUTSIDE of the sun, under a tree or a beach umbrella. Consider staying indoors during high sun times like 12 noon – 4pm
*Avoid strenuous activity during the peak heat points. Take a walk or a run in the evening hours or early morning.
*Be aware of any medication and any adverse reactions to sunlight and how it may impact hydration level.
Don’t take any chances – it’s YOUR HEALTH! Knowing your blood chemistry helps ensure you are aware of any risks and take the proper precautionary measured based on your risk category. Did you know that a deficiency in electrolytes is a mineral deficiency usually tied to dehydration, sweating, and or a bad diet? In some RARE instances, this can also be indicative to a greater issue such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease. Most people aren’t aware, but problems with electrolytes may also indicate a deficiency in calcium, sodium or potassium. (Are you a saltaholic? Your body may be trying to tell you something, and you may not be listening or understanding.)
How do you know if what your experiencing is HEAT STROKE? Some telltale signs include:
Dry skin (red, hot)
Unable to perspire Staggering Clammy Skin Headache
Heat stroke is to be taken seriously and IS considered a medical EMERGENCY. Heat stroke can cause damage to your BRAIN and your CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
If you are experiencing any symptoms related to dehydration, or see someone who is, call 911 IMMEDIATELY. Paramedics will be able to address the issue thoroughly and assess the symptoms.
We want you to be THE BEST YOU EVER! Now is the time, everyday responsibilities and obligations are greater than ever, it‘s time to make a change and take power over your health and your body. If this information hits home in any way, we WANT to hear from you. How are you incorporating our suggestions and tips and getting yourself closer to THE BEST YOU, EVER?
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