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12.07.2019

5 tips to avoid a heat stroke

5 tips to avoid a heat stroke
 After the unusually long and harsh winter we’ve had, it is little wonder that we couldn’t wait for summertime to hit the beach, go camping, hiking and take part in other outdoor activities.

 

There is such thing as enjoying too much of the outdoor though, especially during the hottest days of summer. Because just like winter, summer can also bring with it its own weather challenges, such as heatwaves. If not careful, our bodies can overheat causing a heat stroke, which in turn may lead to serious complications and even be fatal. 

The good news is, heat strokes are preventable. Here are 5 tips to help you avoid them.

 

Tip #1: Stay hydrated

 

Drink water and other cool beverages frequently, even if not thirsty. Perspiration helps maintain body temperature so it is essential to avoid dehydration. Needless to say that recommended fluids do not include alcoholic beverages, which in fact have the opposite effect on the body. Very cold drinks are also not advised as they can give you stomach cramps.

 

Tip#2: Choose your clothes carefully

 

Naturally, tight and excessive clothing should be avoided in favor of loose-fitting, light designs.

The choice of fabric is also important. Natural fabrics such as cotton and linen absorb the sweat and allow it to evaporate away from your body whereas some synthetic fabrics like polyester trap it, preventing your body from cooling down and even increasing your body temperature.

 

Tip#3: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide

 

While these measures are essentially recommended for protection when outdoors in the sun, most can also help prevent a heat stroke:

  • Slip on a T-shirt,
  • Slop on sunscreen,
  • Slap on a hat,
  • Seek the shade and
  • Slide on sunglasses.

 

Tip#4: Exercise carefully

 

If you are used to exercising outdoors, you may need to alter your schedule or your behavior on hot summer days. For example, try to exercise either early in the morning or late in the afternoon when it’s cooler, rather than in the middle of the day. And of course, do not forget to increase your intake of fluids while exercising.

During excessively hot days, it may be best to exercise in an air-conditioned environment, such as the gym. You will need to take into consideration any health risks you may have and your fitness level. Do not push yourself too hard.

 

Tip#5: Don’t lock a child in a car

 

Never lock your kids in the car even for a short trip to a shop. You may think nothing of it, but aside from the obvious risks associated with leaving a helpless child alone in the open, cars can become deadly in high temperatures. And pay attention, locking a child in a car does not need to be intentional. You may accidentally forget that you have a child in the backseat. Always look before you lock your car.

This also applies to pets.

 

Disclaimer: The content of this article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a basis for any treatment, diagnosis, decision or any other similar action. It is neither a medical advice nor a substitute for one. For any health-related issue, always consult with a professional.

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