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Health & Wellness: Sweat It Out.

The heat is definitely here! The oppressive Texas summer is in full swing, and it’s important to protect yourself from dangerous heat-related conditions. While you’re out at the lake or going for that early morning run, here are a couple things to keep in mind:

Sweat is good. It may be smelly, but sweating is your body’s way of cooling off. When we sweat, our brain is telling us that it’s getting too hot to work properly. Sweat isn’t a bad thing; the time to worry comes when you’re not sweating at all.

Sweat isn’t just water. Sweat contains valuable nutrients that keep our bodies in balance. Electrolytes like sodium, magnesium and potassium are lost in the heat and must be replaced to prevent heat illness.

Heat illness is no joke! Here are some common summer conditions to look out for:

Heat exhaustion. This condition occurs when you’re exposed to high temperatures for long periods of time without hydration. Here are some things to look out for:

  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea
  • pale skin
  • profuse sweating
  • rapid heartbeat

If you’ve been in the heat for a while and you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, get inside and rehydrate. We suggest an electrolyte supplement like nuun tablets. They’re portable, easy for the whole family to use and taste great. If symptoms don’t resolve, seek medical attention.

Heat stroke. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s temperature is elevated rapidly. If not treated, heat stroke can be fatal. Here are signs of heat stroke:

  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • seizure
  • difficulty breathing
  • absence of sweating
  • red skin
  • rapid heartbeat
  • unusual behavior

If you suspect that you or someone you know has heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Quick medical treatment can help prevent long-lasting consequences.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a marathoner, it’s important to be prepared for the summer heat. Questions? Stop by the FRESH Wellness department for information and products to prevent heat illness.