Keys to Preventing Dehydration & Heat Related Illness

According to WebMD, prolonged or intense exposure to hot temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke. As your body works to cool itself under extreme or prolonged heat, blood rushes to the surface of your skin. As a result, less blood reaches your brain, muscles, and other organs. This can interfere with both your physical strength and your mental capacity, leading, in some cases, to serious danger.

  • Drink water frequently.
  • Eat light meals and avoid all alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
    • Clothing should be loose-fitting and light weight.
    • A hat will keep the body cooler and help the body lose less fluid when it sweats.
    • Shade your eyes when working outdoors.
  • if taking medication, know the side effects: they may include dehydration.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses.

 

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