During the summer months here in Florida, numerous people are looking forward to family getaways, going to the beach, relaxing poolside, BBQs and attending Rays games, but with all of this activity, it’s important to stay safe during these long, hot, sun-filled days.
Our bodies self-regulate heat by sweating and also through radiating heat back into the atmosphere. When we sweat, we perspire potassium and sodium. Both of these minerals help to control nerve function, water balance, and heart rhythm. When our bodies are hot, the skin radiates heat into the air to normalize our body temperature. However, when the air is sweltering, our bodies can no longer reduce its high temperature this way, as it has nowhere to radiate the heat into or to take in cooler air from, as the temperature is higher than your bodies.
Warm weather makes the heart pump faster, which requires more oxygen. When it’s hot, and we can’t cool down, or breathe efficiently, we complicate the heart’s normal functioning, by putting undue stress on its muscle contractions.
Each year during the summer months, more than 8,000 children and teens and over 10,000 adults are admitted to the emergency room due to dehydration.
Tips to Stay Hydrated
• Drink extra water!!!
• Be cautious when exercising or enjoying time outdoors
• DO NOT exercise in the heat
• Avoid the hottest times of the day (10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
• Don’t get sunburned (protect your skin, scalp, and eyes)
• Stay in air-conditioned areas
• Avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks
Food safety is key. Don’t leave meat or dairy products out in the heat; even onions can cause food poisoning if left out too long. The grill can be dangerous if the propane pressure is touchy, the flames are too high or too hot, and many people are unaware of the hidden dangers of wire grill brushes.
When you clean the grill with wire brushes, tiny fragments, and small bristles are left behind and commonly get embedded into the burgers, chicken, corn, potatoes, etc. When these bristles are ingested, people don’t normally even notice until it’s too late because they are difficult to feel in the mouth. The wires can lacerate the esophagus, stomach, intestinal tract, and rectum. It’s a much better choice to clean your grill with a nylon bristle brush. Nylon bristles are much less damaging than wire and easier for the body to get rid of if they are accidentally eaten.
The best advice is to enjoy your time with family, relax, but be cautious and proactive about your health during this time of year.
Revello Medical and Wellness Centers
Revello Medical and Wellness is a family owned and operated medical practice founded in 1992 by Raul Revello MD and Patti Revello. Over the years, our practice has had a primary focus to always keep our patients needs first.
The vision of Revello Medical has always been to set our practice apart from the rest, and that starts from the moment you enter through the door. We are not your typical medical practice, upon arriving, our patients feel the warmth and familiarity from our front office staff, and that continues all the way through your visit with one of our dedicated physicians.
Our Physicians are always prepared to give you the personalized care you need and deserve and to pursue quality of excellence in your care.
At Revello Medical and Wellness we specialize in the excellence of patient care by offering compassionate and personal health care, providing free home delivery of your prescriptions, scheduling of same-day appointments when necessary, offering a one of a kind activity centers. All of these things combined and so much more makes Revello Medical and Wellness your first choice in medical care, and together, we will strive to make a healthier you.
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5901 Webb Rd.
Tampa, Fl. 33615
2601 N. Himes Ave
Tampa, Fl. 33607
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