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Heat Stroke is a Real Possibility: Protect Yourself

During the hot summer months, it’s easy to push yourself too far and immediately realize that you’ve made a mistake. Heat stroke is a serious ailment that can damage your internal organs, and in the most serious of cases result in death.

Fortunately, there are several key tips you can follow to protect yourself:

·      Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water before starting your activity, as well as while you’re completing it. If you neglect to do so, dehydration will set in, with the possibility of heat stroke following.

·      Wear lightweight clothing: Lightweight, loose fitting clothing is a must. You don’t want to put additional stress on your body by wearing heavy clothing that doesn’t allow your skin to breathe.

·      Take breaks: There’s no such thing as “pushing through” heat stroke. Your health is more important than anything else, so regular breaks are an absolute must. If possible, take your breaks in a cool place, such as under a shady tree or inside an air-conditioned building.

Rather than risk heat stroke this summer, follow these tips while you keep a close eye on your health. If you run into trouble, stop what you’re doing and seek immediate medical attention.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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