What is Heat Exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body is unable to keep itself cool, usually related to factors such as high temperatures, humidity and strenuous physical activities. As we launch into the heat of summer, we’d like to share some info about this condition to help the many IonLoop customers who are active outdoors keep their cool this summer.
Heat Stroke vs. Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion may bring your temperature up to 104 degrees and may be accompanied by nausea, headache, vomiting, fainting, weakness and clammy skin. Heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke, which sends your body temperature above 104 degrees and becomes life threatening. During heat stroke, it is common for the body to stop sweating, and people may experience brain damage and organ failure.
What Causes Heat Exhaustion?
Primarily, heat exhaustion is caused from the body’s inability to cool itself. There are several things that can increase the chances of heat exhaustion:
- Strenuous activity
- Alcohol consumption
- Excessive body weight
- Some medications (read the warnings!)
- Age (youths & the elderly)
- Poor circulation
Preventing Heat Exhaustion
- Slowly acclimate to the heat each summer. This takes about 7-10 days.
- Hydrate both before and during heat exposure.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
- Take precaution in mixing medicine with sun.
- Protect your skin – sunburns reduce the body’s ability to sweat.
Can Negative Ion Wristbands Prevent Heat Exhaustion?
In nature, positive ions (energy drainers) come from the sun’s UV rays. Negative ion wristbands like the IonLoop silicone magnet bracelet are believed to offer benefits that keep the body in a healthier state. While we do not specifically market the IonLoop as a method to prevent heat exhaustion, our customers continually reportthat these sport wristbands provide them:
- Improved stamina and increased athletic performance
- Shortened recovery time following athletic performance
- Lessened fatigue
Avoiding Heat Exhaustion
Listen to your body! If your muscles start cramping, head to a cooler area and drink fluids. This is the first sign of heat exhaustion. Physical activity is important, but your complete physical well-being is even more important.