Here are some good reminders of summer safety in the sunny, hot days!
Have fun–and be safe!
Dehydration among teens playing sports is common, especially in the hot summer months, but may go unnoticed in its milder forms, Leonard says. Younger children are more prone to
dehydration because their bodies produce more heat while sweating less. Teens recovering from a recent illness, especially one that caused vomiting or diarrhea, may be more prone to dehydration. To ensure hydration, water is the best choice. Any activity that lasts less than 60 minutes doesn’t require electrolytes, so you can safely skip electrolyte-enriched sports drinks.
To avoid dehydration:
- Before exercise, drink 4 to 8 ounces
- During activity, drink 4 ounces every 15 minutes
- After exercise, drink 16 to 24 ounces per every pound lost
Symptoms of dehydration include muscle cramps, dry mouth and severe thirst, reduced sweating and urination, headache and dizziness.
Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids, replenishing salt and minerals and limiting time in the heat can help.
Heat-related illnesses include
- Heatstroke – a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
- Heat exhaustion – an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
- Heat cramps – muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
- Heat rash – skin irritation from excessive sweating
“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:9-10 NIV)
Our bodies are about two thirds water. When someone gets dehydrated, it means the amount of water in his or her body has dropped below the level needed for normal body function. Small decreases don’t cause problems, and in most cases, they go completely unnoticed. But losing larger amounts of water can sometimes make a person feel quite sick.
For more information on the importance of water to your body, check out this article about dehydration. DON’T GET CAUGHT DRY!
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:38 NIV)
Agua. H20. Water. You can call it whatever you want as long as you drink lots of it. Water is one of the best beauty secrets in the world. Did you know that water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat? In other words, water helps you lose weight. So, drink up!
Weight loss is just one of the benefits of drinking water. There are more reasons to drink H20 such as: water carries needed nutrients through the body and carries unwanted waste out of the body. In other words, water helps cleanse your body. Need more convincing? Continue reading “Drink Up!” »
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)
“Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?” (James 3:11 NIV)
“Robby! What are you doing?” Bretta yelled at her brother as she grabbed his iPod from his hand.
“Get off me, Bretta. You’re gonna’ get hurt.” Robby pushed his sister away as he smashed his CD’s with a hammer. Robby’s dad ran into his room.
“What are you doing, Robby?” His dad grabbed the hammer.
“All this non-Christian music I still like reminds me of how angry I was before I became a Christian. Every time I go two steps forward with the Lord, I go one life back when I listen to it. I see pictures of where I was when I listened to certain songs. Like being back there again—like I was the old me.”
“Well, I don’t have a problem with listening to secular music. I have lots of Christian music too.” Bretta huffed out of Robby’s room.
“Robby, sometimes listening to music can do that. You have to find a balance or just listen to Christian bands. There is a Christian band for every style of music. Come on, I’ll help you get this mess picked up.” His dad began putting pieces in the trash can.
“Thanks, Dad. Next time I go two steps forward, I’ll be careful not to go a whole life back!”
Just a little of the old life can add salt to fresh water. Turning back could stop you in your tracks!
Cindy Scinto, Editor, iBegat.com