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HEAT! Weird Ways It Affects You

I have experienced several severe sunburns and blisters over the years and have learned the hard way to NEVER leave the house without sunscreen and water.  It took me awhile, but it’s finally sunk in that the pain of a sunburn is just not worth skipping the few minutes it takes to apply the proper protection.

I take the heat and the sun seriously and I’ve found that there are sneaky symptoms that could creep up and overwhelm you when we have several days of 90+ degree temperatures.

Excessive heat could cause you to be more anxious and moody as your brain chemicals get a little wonky because your hypothalamus is in overdrive trying to cool your body down.    Also, your central nervous system tends to get overwhelmed and that can make you feel lazy.  You could also get muscle cramps and spasms because your salt levels are off due to excessive sweating.   If you are sunburned it’s even harder for the body to cool down because your skin is damaged and your sweat ducts have a harder time doing their job.

Use common sense along with a healthy slathering of sunscreen and keep sipping on water if you need to be outside.   Seek medical attention if you experience signs of heat exhaustion (a form of shock) which include weakness, cold/clammy skin, throwing up and fainting.   When your body can’t cool down you could experience heat stroke which could lead to brain damage and even death.

Enjoy the sun – just be smart about it!

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