Heat Exhaustion

 

I can’t take it anymore!!!! I am ready to pack my bags. Don’t get too hot. Heat exhaustion is serious, so take it easy this summer. Our weather has been so crazy lately that it could go either way, cool or extremely hot. But I have a feeling this summer could be sweltering. Granted we have about a month and a half before summer, but we should be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion beforehand. So what the symptoms?
 

  • Muscle cramps or pain
  • Sweating profusely
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Headache
  • Elevated temperature of 101 and above

 

So what about heat stroke? How is that different from heat exhaustion, and how will you know if you have that?

 

  • Hallucinations
  • Confusions
  • High temp of 104 >
  • High blood pressure at first which falls later
  • Flushed hot skin
  • Hyperventilating

 

You may also see colors blurring together, which could be a sign you are about to faint.

 

So when should you call a doctor?

 

  • If you cannot keep fluids(or anything) down
  • You have shortness of breath
  • Mental status deteriorates
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Temp more than 104
  • Temp that is rising despite efforts to cool the individual

 


Coconut water was all the rage a few years ago, but it still contains the same benefits today. Coconut water is the juice found in young, green coconuts. On the beaches of Brazil and in other places, people often drink it through a straw stuck straight into the fruit. Unlike coconut milk, which is a high-fat emulsion of mature coconut meat, coconut water is, well, mostly water — about 95% water, in fact.

It also contains the electrolytes sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphate as well as small amounts of many essential amino acids

The balance of electrolytes in coconut water is nearly the same as that in the human blood — so close, in fact, that coconut water is the only natural non-blood substance that can be safely injected into the human bloodstream. Ancient peoples knew this, and sometimes used it as an emergency intravenous fluid.

Most of the time there’s no need to go to such lengths: just drink it, and you’ll be rewarded with 15 times as much potassium as a typical sports drink, along with potent antioxidants. And unlike sugary sports drinks or coconut milk, coconut water is low in calories and fat free.


It also contains the electrolytes sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphate as well as small amounts of many essential amino acids. It is popular among fitness junkies looking for a natural alternative to sports drinks without artificial colors or preservatives. However, coconut water is not for athletes engaging in intensive training. The reason is because in comparison to some sports drinks, it is low in carbohydrates and sodium, which are essential for recovery following hardcore training. You see after a hard workout, adults need 15 to 17 grams of protein, and coconut water contains approximately less than 2 grams per 8 ounces.

 

But however, coconut water contains up to 15 times as much potassium as the average sports drink. Like sodium, potassium is a key electrolyte that gets sweated out during exercise, but isn’t necessary in a sports drink due to the fact that the body losses more sodium than potassium. Still, it could not hurt to replenish.

 

Coconut water has the five electrolytes that are already in our bodies. Yeah. All of these electrolytes help in certain functions of our body. Since coconut water does not contain any preservatives, fats or cholesterol, it is a good drink for everybody regardless of your conditions. Did you know that high blood pressure is oftentimes caused via electrolyte imbalance? Studies have shown that drinking coconut water directly lowers blood pressure in 76% of people. Try to drink 8 oz of coconut water each day. And remember, there is no quick fix. It will also help if you change the way you eat in order to see significant improvement. It doesn’t have to be much all, just a little bit at a time.

 

Coconut water adds moisture to our skin. Many lotions and facial moisturizers have this in their formulas – and those are great – but they also only work on the outside. Drinking coconut water hydrates your skin from the inside. Aside from this, coconut water also helps remove excessive oil in the skin and in the scalp. Again, this is why so many conditioners and shampoos make use of coconut water.

 

Coconut Water and weight loss

Coconut water contains fiber, which slows the absorption of the sugars. This is critical, since other sugary drinks and even fruit juices do not contain fiber, and those fast-digesting sugars lead to fast fat-storage. Also, since  there is simply less total sugar in coconut water than there are in the other drinks, if you were to substitute it for your daily sports drink, you will be taking in far less blood-spiking sugars.

Coconut water has a good effect on thyroid function. There are people that cannot burn fat because of thyroid issues; drinking coconut water can be good for them.


 

Coconut water can relieve hangovers and prevent them

You might find this use very weird. However, people say that coconut water is actually very effective in preventing or curing hangovers. When you drink too much, chances would be you’ll urinate frequently. As a result, you will get dehydrated and deplete your electrolyte stores in the process. There are two of the main causes of hangovers. Once you drink coconut water, it will rehydrate your body thanks to the water and replenish electrolytes more than all commercial sports drinks. It is great to alternate coconut water when drinking alcohol as well.

 

So in summary, here is what coconut water can do for you:

  • Coconut water cures or prevents kidney or bladder stones. Some people say that when you drink coconut water on a daily basis, the best results are achieved.

 

  • Coconut water has anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.

 

  • The pH of coconut water is isotonic with our blood. Because of this, coconut water can be used as a plasma substitute in extreme emergencies.

 

  • Coconut water contains lauric acid; a substance that can be found in baby’s milk. This is why it can also be used as a substitute to processed baby milk.

 

  • Infants are given coconut water to get rid of their intestinal worms. This is as effective as the anthelmintic medicines in the market. But since it is natural, it is actually much safer.

 

  • Cholera patients are also recommended to drink a glass or two of this natural drink; it may be helpful for them since coconut water contains albumen.

 

  • Coconut water is a great and natural way to prevent acid reflux.

 

  • It also aids in digestion.

 

  • One of the benefits of coconut water is it also improves blood circulation.

 

  • It also boosts your immune system.

 

Coconut water can be found at most health food markets. But personally, I like it fresh. So, I had some coconuts shipped to me here in North Carolina from Florida. Yeah..There were roughly 20 or so. The UPS driver was a little mad with me. He did the fireman’s carry to my door and said, “What’s in here??” And I said, “Oh…..They must be my Coconuts.”    (No pun intended)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***Exercise Update***

I have temporarily put off both running and jogging, and sticking with brisk walking, aerobics (ex., Zumba), dancing, bike riding, etc. I feel that when you run/jog, you may gain booty but lose the boobies. So I started weight training mostly the mid to lower half of my body, and doing specific exercises for my upper body. I feel that all the sport bras in the world can’t stop the extra jiggle with the burning of fat (which is what the breast consist mostly of). I could eat a “lot” of fattening, unhealthy foods and then run….but then, that would defeat the purpose now wouldn’t it? As is, I already don’t eat anything that says reduced, low, or fat free. Weight training is still great for a woman’s upper body…..but it is ALL about the amount you lift and your technique. Also, weight training gives me more energy.

 

-It is starting to get hot here already. I guess I will need to head out a little earlier in the mornings for exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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