Ways to Stay Cool and Prevent Heat Stroke
The heat in Tennessee is hot enough during the summer months to cause serious health problems such as heat stroke. Knowing this, it’s very important to make sure you take precautions to avoid getting too hot and suffering from heat stroke. Having this problem with heat stroke is something that many people experience too regularly. Exposing yourself to it too often can give you serious problems. Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN wants to make sure that our patients are taking care of themselves in all aspects of life. Read on for our tips on how to stay cool and beat the heat these last few weeks of summer!
Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke
This seems like of the most obvious methods to stay cool and help stop heat stroke. Unfortunately, it’s very surprising how easy it is for people to forget to drink enough water when out in the heat. Normally people are out because they’re doing something and they often don’t think about how much water they’ve had in that day. Drinking a normal amount of water won’t do a good enough job of preventing heat stroke.If you’re exposed to a great deal of heat then you need to drink a great deal of water to deal with this.
Get to shade or an air conditioned space
Another very simple tip that people often don’t consider is limiting your sun exposure. Many people don’t realize how close they are to getting heat stroke and feeling the effects of the sun. Taking a break from the direct sunlight periodically is the best way to let your body adjust back to normal and cool off. Don’t spend more than an hour in direct sunlight in overly hot places without then spending 5 or 10 minutes in the shade cooling off. If you don’t do this then your body will almost certainly overheat.
Damp sheets or a cloth
Cooling your inside will take care of itself but it has to be complemented by attempting to cool of the surface of your skin. Using a damp cloth or sheets that have been soaked in cold water is an effective way to keep the heat of your skin down. It also helps keep you feeling cool and comfortable. Combine this with being close to a fan and get the air circulating around you. This is a great way to really leave you feeling far cooler and more relaxed, despite having spent a lot of time out there in the heat.
Cold showers or baths
If you have been out in the sun for a while and need to cool down completely, taking a cold shower is a great way to do so! You’ll feel refreshed and completely reset your temperature. This will clean the sweat off your skin and help it open up, allowing you to cool down naturally. It will also get you into the cool, compared to the heat of being outside. Using water helps accelerate the process of cooling off. This is a great way to keep your temperature down and prevent heat stroke.
Try to avoid alcohol
Drinking alcohol in the searing sun may be very tempting and refreshing, but it can cause serious problems within your body. This may leave you vulnerable to heat stroke or other feelings of extreme heat and exhaustion. Drinking alcohol interferes with your body’s ability to control its internal temperature. If you are spending a lot of time in the sun then this can cause you a huge problem. Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink and combining it with a lot of water is the best way to stay refreshed. It also helps eliminate some of the risk of overheating.
Some ways to stay cool involve external factors that you are completely in control of. One of the simplest is to simply dress in the most relaxed manner possible, preferably using loose fitting clothes made of very light materials. This will vastly help your body to stay cool in the high pressure climate and allow it to use its natural remedies for being too hot. Wearing clothes which restrict the body physically often restrict its ability to naturally cool itself off and you are therefore far more likely to overheat and end up with heat stroke.
Having burns on your skin means that your body won’t be able to cool itself as efficiently and you are therefore far more likely to be uncomfortable in the heat. Using hats and sunglasses to protect against burn is also a great addition. This will help protect some of the most vulnerable areas from burning quickly. However using a strong sunscreen is the most efficient way of working on protecting the skin from damage. Reapply sunscreen every hour or two in order to keep it constantly protecting the skin, even more often if you go swimming or your skin gets wet in any other way.
Healing Hands Chiropractic Cares About Your Health
At Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN, Dr. Dee and her staff care deeply about their patients. We believe that chiropractic care is about far more than just treating the spine. It is encouraging patients to live a healthy lifestyle both inside our walls and beyond.
We want our patients to be out and active in the community, enjoying the last few weeks of summer days. We also want to make sure our patients take care of themselves and do everything possible to stay healthy! Use the above tips to help keep you and yours safe from heat stroke in the season of fall soccer, fall ball, and more.
We look forward to seeing you and yours at Healing Hands Chiropractic soon!