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Staying Cool on Hot Days

The summer months in North America bring some of the nicest conditions you can find anywhere. Long sunny days, pleasantly cool nights, all make for a great day in the outdoors. All that time in the heat and sun can have an affect on you, simply hiking or paddling in a canoe can become a life or death situation if you are not prepared for it.

Staying cool on hot days for safety

On hot days drink as much natural fluids such as water or pure fruit juices as possible. Alcohol, caffeine, and soft drinks should be avoided.

Heat related illnesses can sneak up on you with little warning even on days when it doesn’t seem all that hot; here are some things to watch out for when spending time in the outdoors on a hot and sunny day.

Your body cools itself by sweating, and as the perspiration appears on your skin it evaporates in air that blows by making you cooler. On really hot and humid days or during times of extreme exertion your body can suffer from four main illnesses if it is not given the chance to cool down. These are: Dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and most severely heat stroke. Read the rest of this entry »

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