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Here's How to Avoid Heat Illnesses

By Virginia Laird

As summer gets further along, heat begins to get more in the way of activities. No matter what you do outdoors, heat-related illness can be the consequence.Those who do not take caution while spending time outdoors may find themselves victim to heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses. For this reason health and wellness experts have compiled a list of things you can do to help avoid such illness from putting a damper on your plans. These include:

  • Find shade for your breaks
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Be familiar with the symptoms

Find Shade for Your Breaks

Finding shade is a necessary part of preventing heat-related illnesses from taking over your body. Health and wellness experts advise that getting in the shade, where possible, can help you cool off while outdoors. It is advised that, no matter the activity, you find shade to rest under every 20 minutes while outdoors. During this time it is best to get a drink and get off your feet. The heat can take its toll on the body. Whether you feel drained or not, taking a break from your activity often can help keep you healthy.

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated can prove to be a chore throughout the summer, especially while spending a great deal of time outdoors. Research suggests that on an average day, you drink at least half of your body weight in ounces daily. However, health and wellness experts advise that consuming much more can be required of you while sweating it out outdoors. In order to help you drink more water, plan on carrying a water bottle with you at all times. This can help serve as a subtle reminder to drink up all day long.

Be Familiar with the Symptoms

Health and wellness experts advise that being familiar with the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion can help you prevent them from taking over your body. As you begin to recognize the beginning symptoms, you may be able to administer some mild first aid, which can help you avoid heat-related illnesses. A few of the symptoms can include:

  • Confusion
  • Hot skin
  • A lack of sweat

Taking the necessary precautions can help you and your family avoid falling victim to these serious illnesses. Now get out there and enjoy the summer knowing you can beat the heat.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wheaton, Ill.

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