Your Body Reactions to Heat

By: Candice Sorensen Email
By: Candice Sorensen Email

• Allow your body to get acclimated to hot temperatures for the first 2 or 3 days of a heat wave.
• Avoid extreme temperature changes. A cool shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can result in hypothermia, particularly for elderly and very young people.
• Slow down. Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities. High-risk individuals should stay in cool places. Get plenty of rest to allow your natural "cooling system" to work.
• Take salt tablets only if specified by your physician. Persons on salt-restrictive diets should check with a physician before increasing salt intake.


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