Avoid heat sickness this summer

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s still hot out and you can count on it staying that way for at least a little while longer. With temperatures averaging in the 90s, you’ll want to be weary of how much time you’re spending outside. If you’re outdoors for too long in these temps, you could run into some trouble. Today we had Dr. Duane Ross from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico teach us about heat illness and how you can protect yourself from it.

Number one is keeping yourself cool. Your body already works hard to maintain a healthy body temperature, don’t make it work any harder, especially when active outside. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Protect yourself from the sun with a hat or umbrella. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more. Replace salt lost through sweating; you can do this by drinking sports drinks. And of course, water. Drink water before you go outside, drink it all day, just drink it, promise?

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