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Beat the Summer Heat: 4 Tips

By Virginia Laird

With summer in full swing and vacation on the mind, it is popular to consider various outdoor adventures. While planning how to make the most of summer, it is important to keep in mind that the heat can put any outdoor activities on hold. Don't think as soon as July arrives that all outdoor excursions are forbidden, however; there are ways to beat the summer heat, but it is with prudence and caution.

Stay Hydrated

No matter what your beverage of choice may be, while enjoying the outdoors it is paramount to arm yourself with an abundance of water. If water is something you have a difficult time drinking or enjoying, opt for a sports drink. Research suggests drinking at least eight 8-ounce cups of water per day (on a normal day). Some recommend at least half of your body weight in ounces. In days of higher heat and increased activity, water intake should be increased as well.  Hydration is the key to help avoid heat related illnesses.

Wear Loose Clothing

It is important to wear comfortable and loose clothing while in the heat. This allows for the body to move freely and allows for the body to breathe. This can help the body to regulate its temperature. Wearing tight-fitting clothing can put stress on the body, making it difficult for it to cool itself.

Allows for Adjustment to the Heat

Don't think you can be a couch potato all summer then get out in the heat and enjoy it for a week in the middle of July. This will never work. It is important to start slowly. Early in the summer begin enjoying just a few minutes a day outdoors. Be sure to enjoy the morning, mid-afternoon, and evening as well, as the heat level varies during these times of the day. This can help the body to begin to cope with the heat. Making this transition easy on the body helps to keep the stress of the heat to a minimum.

Know the Signs of Heat Trauma

Although it is best to prevent all heat-related illnesses, it is just as important to prepare for them and know the signs. This can allow you to seek help for yourself or others that may be with you. Research suggests that the No. 1 cause of ER visits in the the summer are heat-related.

Good luck on your outdoor adventure and remember your water bottle!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greensboro, N.C.

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