July means peak summer temperatures in the northern hemisphere, and already we’ve seen some record-breaking heat this year.
If you’re outside often without shade or water, you may be at risk for heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
Heat exhaustion is the first condition you experience when you overheat and lose too much water and salt through sweat. Your blood circulation is hampered and you can start to experience problems with brain function.
Heat cramps are the second, worsening condition when you continue to lose water and salt. Your rapid pulse is now accompanied by muscle spasms.
Heat stroke is the final, and most dangerous condition. Your body completely loses its ability to regulate its temperature – your body overheats and your organs start to suffer major, life-threatening damage.
If you’re outside in hot, humid days, be mindful of the following sensations:
- Faintness & Dizziness
- Weak, rapid pulse
- Muscle cramps
Infants and children are particularly at risk during hot weather. Check with them often and make sure they’re drinking plenty. Also, NEVER leave an infant or child in the car when it is hot. The internal temperatures of cars in direct sunlight can reach up to 172 F (78 C)!
If you do feel that you’re starting to feel the onset of heat exhaustion, get to a cool place and rehydrate as soon as possible. Water is vital, and nutritional drinks like MaxN-Fuze can help replace essential vitamins and nutrients to keep your body safe and healthy.