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How to Stay Healthy in the Summer Heat

By Virginia Laird

Staying healthy while enjoying the outdoors in the summer heat can prove to be a task all on its own. There are many things to take into account when deciding to spend time outside during the brutal heat of summer. Health and wellness experts advise that it is best to attempt to avoid the heat of the day when possible. Although this is not always going to be an option, staying indoors when the heat is at its peak can prove to be beneficial to your health. These professionals have put together a list of tips that can help you stay healthy while enjoying the summer heat. Some of these include:

  • Know the warning signs
  • Never be in a hurry when working outdoors
  • Add sports drinks to your hydration plan

Know the Warning Signs

Knowing the warning signs of the variety of heat related-illnesses is one of the best ways to prevent them. Many of these illnesses begin with a lack of proper hydration. Although the signs can vary from illness to illness, the basics are the same. Some of the symptoms include:

  • A lack of sweating
  • Hot to the touch
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Confusion

Familiarizing yourself with these symptoms can help you prevent the heat related-illnesses from taking over your body. Identifying a problem before it gets too large for you to handle can be a great way for you to manage the heat.

Never Be in a Hurry When Working Outdoors

When working in the outdoors it is best to never be in a hurry. Being in a hurry can cause you to skip breaks when they are needed most. Health and wellness experts advise that taking breaks every 15 to 20 minutes can be beneficial in preventing heat related-illnesses. During these breaks, it is necessary to get out of the sun and into the shade or even indoors. Make sure while you are trying to accomplish your task that you make breaks a priority.

Add Sports Drinks to Your Hydration Plan

When you are working outdoors in the heat, the body loses a great deal of sodium through sweat. Replacing this is vital to preventing cramps and other illnesses. Health and wellness experts advise that consuming sports drinks can help hydrate the body and replace lost electrolytes. Before you head outdoors to work in the yard during this brutal heat of summer make, sure you are armed with a plethora of sports drinks on ice ready for your breaks.

Now you are ready to get outdoors and enjoy the heat as well as get some of the yard work done. Good luck and may you beat the heat!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greenville,S.C.

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