Excessive exposure to summer heat not good for your health
We Canadians love our summers. They’re too short and in some areas of Canada pretty extreme. Exposure to the intense heat that arrives with Canadian summer in many communities can cause dangerous health issues like heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke (known to many as sunstroke).
Our bodies lose water every day through sweat, tears, breathing, urine and more. Generally, this water is replaced by drinking and eating foods that contains moisture. If you’re out in the heat, the loss of water through sweating, rapid breathing and watery eyes from pollen or the sun, can create a situation where your body becomes dehydrated.
Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, fatigue, light-headedness, dizziness, confusion, increased heart rate and breathing, less frequent urination and dry mouth or mucous membranes.
In the heat, the body attempts to control its temperature with sweating. Sweat on the skin evaporates, lowering the body’s temperature.
Heat stroke is severe and is a life-threatening emergency. Heat stroke is the result of prolonged exposure to high temperatures and the sun. It results when a person can’t sweat enough to lower the body’s temperatures.
If your body reaches the point of heat stroke, you need immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of heat stroke include headache, dizziness, disorientation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot skin that’s not sweaty, high body temperature, rapid heartbeat and sometimes hallucinations.
Guard yourself against heat stroke and heat exhaustion
There’s a few things you can do to lower your risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion:
- Drink lots of fluids and be fussy about what you’re drinking. Water and sports drinks are good choices. Avoid beverages with caffeine, soda and alcohol as they can lead to dehydration.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothes made of a breathable material.
- Save vigorous activities for cooler times of day.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and even consider using an umbrella.
- Use a spray bottle to mist yourself so you don’t become overheated.
If you’ve been in the heat and aren’t feeling quite yourself, an IV vitamin therapy from Our Clinic may be a step to getting back to yourself. IV vitamin therapies quickly rehydrate your systems and contain valuable vitamins and minerals to support to good health.