FLORIDA IS NOTORIOUS for its hot, humid weather. During the summer months, take care to protect yourself from the elements. High temps are dangerous for those who are prone to chronic health issues, so it’s imperative to take the proper precautions.
Be sure to stay hydrated, and keep in mind that drinking water is about more than quenching your thirst. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, your body is losing vital fluids via perspiration, and those fluids must be replaced. Consider consuming fluids with an optimal sodium and potassium balance, such as broths or sports drinks to replace lost electrolytes.
Postpone outdoor activities and exercise so that you aren’t working out in the heat of the day. Alternatively, you could move your workout regimen indoors by walking through the mall or joining a gym for the summer to keep cool while exercising.
Finally, be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate fluid replacement. Some symptoms include cool and moist skin, heavy sweating, fainting, and paleness. Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related condition and should be treated as a medical emergency. The condition is characterized by the body’s inability to sweat, a throbbing headache, dizziness, and nausea.
This summer, prioritize the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones! Trinity Medical Group is here to support your summer wellness commitment. Contact us to set up an appointment today.
This column is sponsored by Trinity Medical Group.
column by DR. DANE PARKER
BIO: Dr. Dane Parker is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a holistic provider in Chiropractic medicine at Trinity Medical Group. For more information, visit trinitymedgroup.com or call (863) 646-4000.