How to beat the Oklahoma heat

Roxie Albrecht, avid bicyclist and director of trauma and surgical critical care at OU Medical Center, shares some simple tips for avoiding heat stroke.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm •  Published: July 10, 2012
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Beating the heat

Some simple tips for avoiding heat stroke, as shared by Roxie Albrecht, avid bicyclist and director of trauma and surgical critical care at OU Medical Center:

• Drink plenty of water before going outside or exerting yourself, and then make sure to continue drinking water throughout your day and activities.

• Be wary of heavy perspiration, cramps or nausea. These are indications that you already may be suffering heat stroke.

• Wear a hat for shade and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to keep cool.

• Stay away from diuretics like alcohol and caffeine, which can make you sweat. Also, avoid sports drinks with heavy sugar and carbohydrate content.

• Do outside work in the early morning.

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Albrecht recommends an electrolyte mixture be added to drinking water for an extra boost. “If you're starting to get a headache, it's too late,” she said. “Really it's the neurological stuff that starts to get you beforehand. That thirst feeling comes later, when your mouth is already parched and dry.”



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