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.
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.”