Dehydration and Heat StrokeRebekah Long
The sun is shining longer and the temperature gauges are steadily rising, it’s officially summer and it looks like it’s going to be a scorcher. These are the days of pool parties, barbeques with friends and boating until sunset. Summer time is known for it’s beautiful sunsets, ice cream cones and sweet memories made under palm trees, but summer and all of it’s fun, comes with it’s own dangers. As afternoon temperatures rise, so do your chances of heat related illnesses that can quickly take a serious turn.
This summer, protect your children, yourself and your loved ones with knowledge and preparation. Avoid the dangers of dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke while enjoying your fun in the sun over summer break. Watch for the tell tale signs and be prepared to take action when you recognize a heat related illness creeping up.
Early signs of heat exhaustion may include:
♦ Heavy Sweating
♦ Muscle Cramps and Pain Central to the Legs and Abdomen
Advanced symptoms of heat exhaustion:
♦ Dizziness/ Light Headedness
♦ Nausea and Vomiting
♦ Cool, Clammy Skin
♦ Dark Urine
Symptoms of heatstroke include:
♦ Extreme Confusion
♦ Rapid, Shallow Breathing
♦ Irrational Behavior
♦ Rapid, Weak Pulse
Heatstroke is the most severe form of heat related illness and requires immediate medical attention. (Call 911).
Dehydration plays a huge part in leading to a heat related illness. Sweat is our body’s way of cooling itself down and when your hydration levels fall, your body no longer has the ability to cool itself down by producing sweat causing your temperature to rise to a dangerous level and leaving you in danger of heat stroke. Some other factors that play a part in your risk for heat stroke are pre existing conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease, obesity or being underweight, and diabetes. Age also plays a part in your risk for heat related illness, infants and children under 4, as well as adults over 65 may be even more susceptible.
Prepare yourself this summer when you know you’re going to be exposed to high temperatures for extended amounts of time. The Clinical Strength Hydration formula in re:iimmune® is perfect for on the go summer fun since each serving is individually packaged in sachets that can be mixed with a bottle of ice cold water anywhere, and at any time. The L-Glutamine in re:iimmune® works as a co-transporter by pulling hydration directly into your cells and providing rapid rehydration. Make sure to pack extra re:iimmune® into your picnic basket or lake bag before you head out this weekend, and feel better, better™!