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Thursday, 5 April 2007

Tips On How To Avoid Getting Sun Stroke

Frequent tourists love traveling to new countries on a summer vacation. Some of these places, especially in Africa and Asia, can be really warm, and if you end up there when summer is at its peak, your body can suffer.

If you are not used to this amount of heat, there is a good chance that you might get dehydrated. Without enough water replenishment, dehydration could lead to health issues like cramps and dizziness, and sometimes even sun stroke, (if you spend a long time under the sun, walking and exploring, without drinking enough water). But, with little bit of preparation, you could prevent such instances from happening.

Keep in mind, sun stroke is mostly caused due to negligence from one's own part rather than the sun rays itself.

So, as a first step, do some research on the destination you are planning to spend time in this summer. Study the general climatic conditions, average temperatures, humidity etc in advance, and that will give you a good idea of what it will be like when you visit. If it is a hot place, preferably stay indoors from 12 PM to 4 PM, when the sun will be at its peak.

Now, as mentioned already, make it a point to drink lots of water. A person loses lots of water during activities like walking, running, and hiking, and a hot sun accelerates the process. So, make sure that you replenish the water loses promptly. In order to beat the sun, while going outdoors, it is also advisable to use a hat, sun glass, and wearing a coat of a high SPF sun block, to protect the skin. If you fear that you may indulge in lot of out door activities that require tremendous effort, take some salt tablets as well. But, ensure that you follow the instructions on the packet as too much salt actually could aid dehydration.

Finally, if possible, stay in a hotel with a swimming pool.
Staying in the water after a tiring sight seeing trip could cool things off a bit.
These are just a few tips to follow to avoid getting sun stroke.

To find out more about sun stroke / dehydration and its side effects, consult a doctor or search similar resources in the web.
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