Unprecedented heat is taking its toll throughout the entire world this summer of 2023. Across the U.S. we have, as of this writing, experienced 39 consecutive days with the heat index well over 100 degrees. Even those in tip-top shape are at risk when spending extended periods of time in this excessive heat. If you are elderly or if your health is compromised in any way you are especially vulnerable to the higher temperatures. If you’re “out” enjoying sports or “gotta-get-done” chores, heat-related issues can sneak up on you quite easily.
Temperature extremes most directly affect health by compromising the body’s ability to regulate its internal temperature. Loss of internal temperature control can result in various illnesses, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and hyperthermia from extreme heat events.
It’s important to stay hydrated. I mean with WATER and appropriate salt if you are sweating enough, not with sweet tea, sugary drinks, or milk shakes. Good old H2O is what the body needs to maintain temperature control.
Certain health conditions are more prone to flare up in heat than others. For instance, people with arthritis often report that heat has an adverse effect on their condition (although some claim they feel better!). Also, those with autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, and migraines, need to be extra cautious in the heat. In addition, respiratory illnesses are also particularly vulnerable to excessive heat. This year, it’s not just the heat we are dealing with. We also have smoke in the air from Canada and California. This is one summer that is too hot to handle. And dust in the air from the Sahara. So please, stay smart. Stay hydrated. And stay inside if you can. And remember that water is your body’s best friend – and sweating increases your need for salt … yes, it’s a dance to coordinate with your doctor.
If you have compromised health conditions and are ready to look for the real cause of your condition instead of taking more medications or scheduling more surgeries, give my office a call. The conditions I mentioned above may be indications that you are suffering as a result of (or perhaps worsened by) The Yeast Syndrome. I’ve been helping my patients achieve better states of health when they’ve been diagnosed by the mainstream medical industry with even more serious conditions for almost 45 years. Let’s work together to help you get through the summer and to a place where you can celebrate health … for many more delightful years to come, with your spouse, your friends, your children and grandchildren!