Spring has been making up for our late winter with some unseasonably high temperatures, and, apart from predicted thunderstorms here and there, the forecasts indicate that this summer is going to be a hot one as well. Since we are a Toronto Wellness Centre, and wellness is more than just spinal adjustments, we’d like to give you some tips to keep you safe while still having fun-in-the-sun!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
The most common cause for heat-related illness is dehydration. It’s also the easiest to overlook; after all, if you’ve been running around in the sunshine all day, you’re likely so damp and swampy with sweat that you might not think to associate your symptoms with dehydration.
While your skin might be moist, all that moisture has been leaching out of your body and evaporating. It’s your body’s natural mode of thermoregulation (meaning how it deals with heat), but keeping that ‘natural air conditioning’ up takes a toll on your body’s moisture.
Always make sure you’re constantly hydrating yourself if you’re going to be spending time out in the sun.
And remember: Alcohol doesn’t count, as it actually dehydrates you more!
Sunscreen Protection Factor (Now You Know What SPF Stands For)
The sun can cause a great deal of damage to the skin. Its common knowledge that direct exposure can cause sunburn and skin cancer, so sunscreen ought to be a given; an aspect many don’t consider is how.
For proper protection, make sure you’re covered with a lotion that’s SPF 50 or higher, and re-apply every two hours that you spend outside.
Also, remember: Even if the sun isn’t directly overhead, it’s still emitting damaging UVA and UVB rays. As long as it’s in the sky, it can cause damage to your skin.
Know the Danger Signs of Heat Illness
Heat-related illness can be extremely dangerous if left untreated. Always keep an eye out for the warning signs: Muscle cramps or spasms, clammy skin, light-headedness, and mild nausea can all be signs of heat exhaustion. If you experience any of these, get out of the sun and replace the water and electrolytes you’ve sweat out of your body. Sports drinks are actually designed for this, but if you want an all-natural alternative, coconut water is a perfect substitute.
Warning: If these symptoms are accompanied by dry skin instead of sweaty or clammy skin that could indicate heat stroke, which is extremely dangerous. If you experience symptoms of heat illness and are not sweating, seek medical attention immediately.
Keep Your Systems Running with Regular Chiropractic Treatment
While chiropractic treatment is no substitution for sunscreen and hydration, your cardiovascular and nervous systems are important components in most bodily functions, including thermoregulation. Regular adjustments can help to keep these systems functioning well, potentially making for an easier time in the heat of summer.
Ready to get your spine ready for summer? Contact us today to schedule an appointment!