Caution: Extreme Heat! [april]

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Caution: Extreme Heat! [april]

Post  Mira W. on Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:54 pm

The recent heat wave we have been experiencing is not only near unbearable, but also quite dangerous. Our bodies are made up of roughly 75% water. This water regulates all functions within our bodies, so water is as crucial as oxygen – not drinking enough can lead to life-threatening issues. With the increasing levels of heat and humidity in the DR, we need to drink even more than the usual, 8 glasses of water/day. (Aim for 2.5L)

Two main heat dangers:
Heat cramps:  When you exercise in hot climates, an imbalance in the salts within your body can lead to muscle cramps.

Heat exhaustion: If the fluids and salts we lose when we sweat aren’t replaced, our body’s temperature rises, leading to fatigue, confusion, or even fainting. (A heatstroke includes all the aforementioned symptoms. If you know anyone who is experiencing these symptoms severely, they may have gotten a heatstroke; hospitalize them immediately as it can lead to death.)

Did you know that 90% of sicknesses are due to dehydration? When you lose more fluids than you drink, the functions in your body – that keep you alive – slow down. Dehydration can lead to tiredness, digestion problems (which actually affect your skin), blood disorders, as well as mental and emotional problems. Dehydration can kill you.

Four main consequences of not drinking enough water:
Fatigue: Dehydration can lead to extreme tiredness, preventing you from concentrating properly. Drinking more water -> being more rested and focused -> better grades in school!

Weight Gain: Often, we misinterpret feelings of thirst to be hunger, so we eat rather than drink. Eating all that extra food leads to weight gain, but it can easily be prevented: drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes before you are planning to eat. If you are still hungry, then go eat food – but you will notice that, sometimes the „hunger” disappears.

Joints and Muscle Pain: When your body is hydrated, your joins and muscles are moistened, therefore more flexible/slippery and work better. Without a sufficient amount of water, your joins and muscles become stiff from lactic-acid buildup, a rather painful condition.

Kidney Stone: Did you know you can get kidney stones just because you don’t drink enough water? Since we are young, we don’t have to be worried – right? Wrong. Your kidneys remove waste from your body, but if you don’t drink enough water, the toxins build up and form excruciating stones, no matter your age.

Heat and dehydration can be dangerous, but it only takes a few glasses of water to avoid any problems. Make sure you don’t only drink when you are thirsty – in fact, when you are thirsty, it means your body is already dehydrated to some extent. Drink regularly even when you don’t necessarily feel thirsty yet.

Remember, the heat makes many people frustrated -- don't take it personally if someone snaps at you for no apparent reason!
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Re: Caution: Extreme Heat! [april]

Post  Romane D. on Wed May 06, 2015 11:30 pm

It's really important for us to be aware of all this information because we do live in a hot country and heat is a problem sometimes. It is why we should keep hydrated. It makes it really hard for us to concentrate when the temperature is so elevated. Mira your blog is very important and interesting thank you for sharing this with us.
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