Put your hands in the air because summer is here! If you’re lucky enough to get some rays, this is the time of year to get outside and soak it all up. Ok, so we might have been conditioned to fear the sun in modern times, but actually, sunlight is essential for humans, providing a whole delectable host of benefits ranging from better melatonin production (which improves our sleep) to boosting vitamin D levels for strengthening our immune system.
But let’s not get too hasty because all this doesn’t mean that sun protection isn’t necessary. You need those hats, protective clothing, and non-toxic, mineral sunscreens to avoid sunburns and other heat-related conditions like heat exhaustion. Sweet moderation is key here.
So, while we’re doing outdoorsy, summertime things (think soaking up the sun by the pool, running around the yard with the kids, or indulging in your summer vacation to the max) heat-related conditions are something you’ll want to be mindful of. Luckily, we’ve got some helpful tips including the promising benefits of CBD for heat exhaustion so you can get some sunshine goodness and stay safe.
You might associate sunburn as a thing to watch for as the sun beats down, but what about conditions like heat exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion happens when the body overheats due to external factors, like getting sweaty during those super-active or mega-hot summer days. Being in high humidity places when temperatures are soaring dehydrates your body even faster and puts you at a higher risk for heat exhaustion. It’s always worth noting that it can happen to anyone, but it’s pretty common among people that exercise outside during the summer. The two main issues are salt and water depletion – these culprits are responsible for the many symptoms that can occur during heat exhaustion.
The good news is that – heat-related conditions, including heat exhaustion, are preventable if you know what the signs are, and you need to act quick if you spot them. The other thing to remember is that heat conditions keep on going and escalate the longer you stay in the sun. So, top tip – the best way to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke is by getting yourself inside as soon as you notice symptoms like heat rashes, sunburns, or heat cramps. Here’s a full list of symptoms to watch for:
So, you’re feeling off, you’ve got inside, but when should you get yourself over to a doctor? Thankfully, the act of getting out of the sun, moving to a cool spot, and following advice for at-home treatment (more on this in a moment) will get you back on track in most cases. BUT, if you’re experiencing any of the following, make sure to seek medical help straightaway:
*A little footnote here because this advice also depends on the “patient”. For example, when talking about children, you will need to get medical help as soon as you suspect heat stroke. Also be aware that other symptoms, such as fast breathing, feeling confused, loss of consciousness unresponsiveness, not sweating even when hot, or having a fit could mean your child needs immediate emergency care. Never wait and see, just seek medical help.
While we love summer, we can all agree that heat exhaustion is zero fun, especially when we know that it can lead to more serious conditions like heat stroke. But that does not make us want to run for a dark cave. Instead, we’re all about proactive self-care and treatment, which are the keys to preventing further risks, meaning you can stay safe and soak up those hot summer days. For those smart women looking for safer, all-natural supports for symptom management, you only need to look at our high-quality, rigorously-tested line of women’s wellness products. Shop our premium products today or reach out anytime for more tips on coping with heat exhaustion.