The US Military has a slogan that says it best……
Hydrate or Die!!!
Each Year More Than 600 people die of heat-related illnesses!
Without intervention and resolution of the problem, muscle cramps, caused by loss of salt from heavy sweating, can lead to exhaustion caused by dehydration. This can lead to heatstroke that can cause shock, brain damage, and DEATH
1) Drink 12-20 oz, 1-2 hours before exercise or outdoor work. Sports drinks and water are the best choices. Didn’t plan ahead? 15-30 mins before work outside or exercise drink at least 10-14 oz fluid.
2) Do not drink liquids that contain caffeine or more than 15g of sugar per serving. They will interfere with the body’s ability to control its internal temperature.
3) Avoid overheating if you are taking medication that impairs heat regulation (blood flow) or if you are overweight, elderly or unfit.
4) The quickest way to get liquids metabolized in your system is to drink the liquid at room temperature. Drinking ice-cold liquids causes the stomach to constrict and slows the distribution of vitamins, nutrients and electrolytes that the drink provides.
Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue!
90-125 oz. of liquid a day significantly eases back pain and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
Drinking five 8oz glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45% plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
One 8oz glass of water at midnight relieves hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters.
Warning Signs of heat stroke vary but include
- An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees orally)
- Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness, nausea
- Disorientation, confusion
If you are experiencing heat stroke:
- Use a fan to lower temperature
- Apply cold compresses
- Elevate feet
- Drink fluids
- Lie Down