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Jun 23
2010

Extreme Heat Health Tips

Posted by Courtney6190 in Water , umbrella , tips , sun , stenuous , shade , rest , replenish , relax , 

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The sun is vital to all our lives, giving life to all living organisms in some way or another, as well as vitamin D, but it can also be a very deadly thing. Have you ever seen in the movies where somewhere is stuck wandering around in the hot dessert with the sun beating down on them and they start to feel fatigued and eventually delusional? Well that can actually happen, and does happen to many people who are unaware of the devastating effects of the sun. 

The sun is powerful and the second we overlook its strong influence is when we end up with heat stroke or sun burn. Depending on the time of day and your latitudinal location it is sometimes best not to leave your house without some form of protection from the sun and its hazardous rays. For the majority of the world, the sun is strongest from 10 am to 3 pm so try to avoid extreme heat during this part of the day. Those wanting to exercise should think about either exercising early in the morning or after the sun is beginning to set. If this is not at all possible there is always the option of exercising indoors. Indoor locations such as malls, or gyms, provide individuals with areas to exercise while they enjoy the use of air conditioning.

Some locations are subject to extreme dry heat, whereas others have a more humid climate. An example of a location enduring hot and dry weather conditions is Las Vegas, Nevada. In such an environment, one could sweat and the sweat is evaporated almost instantaneously, which can actually be more dangerous, for people don’t realize they are becoming dehydrated and losing water. Extreme heat is known as heat waves when it occurs during only certain parts of the year and is usually joined with high humidity. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can have many detrimental effects on your health. An extreme heat health implication is heat stroke, which if severe enough can cause disability or even prove deadly.