Remedies for Heat Exhaustion

The summer heat can sneak up on you (or during the most recent heatwave, just knock you over!). This time of the summer it is common to experience dehydration, sunburn and actual exhaustion! Children under four, people over 65, and those who are overweight, already ill, or taking medications can be especially affected. Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness headache and nausea or vomiting. The following blog posts will include remedies for heat exhaustion:

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  1. Carry water with you and sip it throughout the day. Dehydration can set in and we don’t even realize it until we begin to feel thirsty! Often by then, it is too late to avoid dehydration’s affects on your body.
  2. Pace yourself when working outdoors, exercising or just having fun. Those who participate in regular exercise over time, allowing their bodies to adjust to hot conditions, may better tolerate exercise on hot days.
  3. Replace salts and minerals with electolytes such as Smart Water or other drinks that have potassium. Avoid drinks with large amounts of sugar. Dehydration can stress the heart and impair the kidneys’ ability to maintain the correct level of fluids and balance of electrolyte. Electrolytes are charged elements—like potassium, sodium, phosporous and chloride—essential for the normal function of every cell in the body.

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