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Avoiding heat stroke

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The human body is the most wonderful creation. It can heal itself. God designed it that way.

In this hot season, the human body can be very effective at cooling itself. You lose heat through your skin by sweating.

However, when you become dehydrated, your body is unable to produce enough sweat to cool itself. As a result, your body temperature can rise to 104 degrees or higher and heat stroke can strike. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can lead to heat stroke.

By taking a few extra precautions, you can still enjoy the sun. Just remember these tips:

• Wear lightweight clothes. Loose, light-colored clothing so you won’t absorb so much of the sun’s rays.

• Carry an umbrella. Carry an umbrella, or top your outfit with a hat, to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

• Drink up. Bring plenty of water or a sports drink, which can replace sodium lost from sweating.

• Avoid caffeine. Avoid or limit drinks with caffeine or alcohol, as they can cause dehydration. Remember, if your urine is dark yellow, you’re probably not drinking enough liquids.

• Plan around peak hours. If you plan to exercise or work in the sun, be sure to do it in the cooler part of the day, before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

(Source: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke-symptoms-and-treatment?)

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