woman-drinks-from-bottle-with-sunrise-in-backgroundIf you couldn’t tell from the temperatures outside, the summer is in full effect. And while all of us here at Family Practice Center are very excited about it, we also wanted to take some time to discuss how our readers can promote safety and wellness this summer. The warmer summer weather can affect us in many different ways and it’s important to be proactive when it comes to taking care of yourself during this time of year. So to help everyone put their best foot forward this summer, our healthcare providers at Family Practice Center are here to discuss some common summertime health issues and how they can be prevented.

Dehydration

First and foremost, hydration is absolutely critical this time of year. Our bodies are mostly water, so when they are at a water deficit due to dehydration, the body cannot function as it should. If not properly addressed, severe dehydration can be very dangerous and even fatal. One thing that can be incredibly helpful is hydrating early and in advance of any time spent outdoors in the heat. Especially before any extended time of outdoor physical activity like working, exercising, or playing sports. While knowing exactly how much water to drink to prevent dehydration can vary from person to person, roughly 64 ounces of water throughout the day is generally recommended.

Heat Related Illness

Too much time in the intense sun and heat can increase a person’s risk of heat related illnesses. This may include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. When the body’s core temperature reaches dangerously high levels (above 104 degrees), the body can experience heat stroke, the most severe form of heat related illness. Heat stroke symptoms include altered mental status and disorientation, and can be dangerous if not treated. While less potentially hazardous, heat exhaustion can lead to cramping headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and other effects. Staying hydrated and protecting your skin with broad-spectrum (minimum 30 SPF) sunscreen is highly recommended, but it’s also important to moderate your outdoor time and take any of the above symptoms seriously.

Kidney Stones

Many people do not know that kidney stones are more common during the summer than they are at different times of the year. Because such a large majority of kidney stones (about 80%) are calcium-based, it’s common for them to start forming in the winter and finally reach their peak by summer. Increased summer temperatures and dehydration can contribute to further growth and movement from these previously dormant stones. This is why it’s so important to stay hydrated, try to cut back on salt intake, and prioritize eating fresh fruits and vegetables during this time of year.

We hope this info will help everyone take note of what they should be aware of and enjoy the most fun and safe summer possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment at our seven metro Atlanta area locations (including our newest locations in Buckhead and Johns Creek), please contact Family Practice Center today. Stay up to date on our blog posts for more health and wellness tips, news, and so much more.

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