It’s only October, but the summer heat waves are starting early. Dehydration is a common cause of heat exhaustion, because when you’re dehydrated, your body doesn’t sweat enough or fast enough to dissipate heat! Preventing dehydration is one of the most effective strategies to avoid heat exhaustion in the summer. Here’s how:
- Acclimation: Before doing any activity in the heat, it’s important to let our bodies acclimate to it first. If possible, allow time to be outside for shortened periods before increasing the length of time spent outdoors.
- Proper hydration: One of the best ways to avoid heat related illness is to drink plenty of water. When the weather gets hotter it causes our body temperature to rise, causing us to sweat more. It’s important to keep drinking water even if you don’t feel thirst, because this can help you replace the loss of fluid.
- Avoid hottest parts of the day: If possible, avoiding hot weather all together can be a big help. If you’re planning on being outdoors, try to schedule around peak heat hours in the afternoon.
Stay cool Sydney! 😉