There’s a lot to love about summer, especially this one. After the pandemic pretty much canceled everyone’s fun last year, we’re all looking forward to the heat and making up for lost time.
But if you’re a little older… if you’ve seen more summers than maybe you care to admit… you should proceed with caution.
New research offers up a warning to seniors facing the summer heat. Hot weather can turn up the temps on certain health risks. And the frightening part is you may not even realize it’s happening.
But don’t worry. I’m not going to tell you that you need to hunker down and take shelter all summer. You don’t have to avoid fun in the sun.
Because I’ve got the secret to having the best summer of your life WITHOUT facing those heat risks.
Beat the heat and have a super summer
When you’re younger, your body usually alerts you when you’re getting too hot. It practically forces you to seek cooler air, head inside, or get a cold drink of water.
But as we get older, that internal thermostat goes on the fritz. It doesn’t work quite as well as it used to, so we don’t get those crucial cues.
As a result, summer heatwaves can have DEADLY consequences for seniors. One recent analysis found hot weather kills 5,600 Americans every year.
Two new studies show why. The research reveals what’s happening inside your body during hot weather, especially when the humidity levels also jump.
You may not feel these changes. Not right away. But they’re very serious… incredibly dangerous… and potentially deadly.
The first study shows what eight hours of 95-degree weather with high levels of humidity… or what we call a typical July or August day here in the eastern half of the nation… can do to your body. That sustained high heat and humidity can sock you right in the kidneys.
It leads to rapid dehydration, which causes the kidneys to grind like an engine out of oil. And that leads to a jump in hospitalizations for acute kidney injury.
A second study shows how heat can hurt seniors in particular.
High temperatures can cause cells to turn sluggish, unable to carry out autophagy. Autophagy is the vital detoxification process your cells use to push out damaged proteins and other toxic junk.
Ditch dangerous overheating with these tricks
But that second study also found something else. A solution. It turns out a midday heat break in a cool room for just two hours can restore that critical function and protect you from the damage.
In other words, check the temperature and if it’s a hot day, go ahead and crank up the A/C at least for a couple of hours. Or if you don’t have air conditioning at home, head out to spend some time someplace that does.
You can get some midday heat relief at a nearby cooling center if you have them in your city or town. Or try an air-conditioned mall if it’s safe to do so in your area.
But don’t stop there. That same malfunctioning internal thermostat can also mean you don’t always feel thirsty even as you dry up like a raisin.
So don’t always trust your own senses in summer. Instead, sip on water throughout the day to beat the heat whether you feel thirsty or not.
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