7 Negative Effects of Heat and How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion

person drinking water to avoid heat exhaustion and stay hydrated

How to Handle The Heat and Avoid Heat Exhaustion

If you’ve never lived in a hot environment, it may be surprising that besides avoiding sunburn, it’s also even more important to avoid heat exhaustion. In hot, humid climates, it’s fairly common for people to become exhausted due to heat and not recognize it. Many people calk it up to “I’ve lived here all my life, I’m used to it.”, “I drink lots of water”, “I have air conditioning and don’t get overheated.” along with various other reasons.

The truth is that just like applying sunblock while you’re out in the sun protects the skin from sunburn, drinking the right amount, and the right type of liquids is essential to avoid heat exhaustion.

Negative Effects of Heat that Cause Heat Exhaustion

  1. Working or playing outside, even though drinking water
  2. When drinking water doesn’t satisfy thirst
  3. Drinking coffee, tea or other caffeine products as caffeine products are a diuretic
  4. Many people have the idea that since these are water-based products drinking more water is not necessary
  5. Working in air conditioning, as the way A/C works is to remove moisture from the air to make it feel cooler.
    • However, A/C will remove moisture from those living in it and not drinking enough water. Working in A/C and doing a lot of talking, as when we talk naturally lose moisture. This is especially true for salespeople or lecturers.
  6. Flying. The airline industry has a directive that pilots and flight attendants need to drink 8 ounces of water every 1 hour in the air to avoid heat exhaustion as it is well documented that flying dehydrates people.
  7. Heat exhaustion can be a very subtle thing in its onset or very dramatic as it progresses toward more dramatic heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion Warning Signs and Symptoms

How to Treat Heat Exhaustion Symptoms and Avoid Heat Exhaustion Altogether

Avoid Heat Exhaustion Before it Turns into Heat Stroke!

Heat exhaustion is one of those things where everything feels normal in your body until it isn’t. Heat exhaustion symptoms can come on suddenly, and if left untreated, can turn into life-threatening heatstroke

Heat Stroke is characterized by:

This high internal body temperature brought on by heatstroke causes brain damage and can shut down your body’s natural temperature-regulating mechanism due to the lack of water and essential minerals.

If you feel that you or someone you know may be experiencing Heat Stroke, do not hesitate to dial 911 and contact emergency medical services right away

Author
Photo of Hayley Imbriani Hayley Imbriani I am an Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner, and a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). I apprenticed for 2 years in nutrition-related fields, and have worked over 5 years as a Nutrition Response Testing Clinician and Licensed Massage Therapist. I am also a recent recipient of the Dr. Of The Future Award through Ulan Nutritional Systems.

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