Don’t Be Shy About Sweating
March 13, 2015 – Summer is here and in many places the heat can feel overwhelming. Sadly every year there are still hundreds of deaths from extreme heat events.
Here’s how it can happen. When the body gets too hot you may experience what is called hyperthermia. And when the body gets too hot you may experience heat cramps, heat edema, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. A recent report by the U.S.A. government discusses how heat stroke can even lead to death once a person’s body exceeds 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
So although many of us enjoy nice warm weather remember to always use due care. For starters, let your body’s natural cooling system work. What is this system? Very simple – sweating. Sadly, many people find sweat to be “unpleasant” for fear of smelling poorly, etc.
Yet, when you sweat your body is doing its job and trying to cool you down. As that sweat dries it is helping your body to cool your surface temperature. Of course, keep in mind that sweating can only help so much. Therefore, it also important to keep yourself well hydrated in any warm or hot environment and most importantly avoid prolonged exposure to the heat. When it’s really hot or you just simply are feeling too hot, find an air conditioned location to cool off. Perhaps, a shopping mall, restaurant, a friend’s house, and so on.
So enjoy the warm summer months, but always keep an eye out if you’re getting too hot. If you’re ever in any doubt it won’t hurt to retreat into an air conditioned area for a little while.
Yours in Good Health,
Alan Marc, Ph.D.