The Heat is On !!

With the summer heat on the way, heat stroke and heat exhaustion can become a problem.

"A lot of people are not acclimated yet," says Dr. Doyle Haynes of Memorial Health Systems of East Texas.

"This is an industrial town.  I know there's a lot of heat exposure that's common within some of the industries.  A lot of people have problems with heat cramps, and heat exhaustion."

Dr. Haynes also adds that it is important to drink water and sports beverages.  The salt intake is important, especially if you are active in working out.

Health experts recommend you drink 6-8 glasses of water everyday, even if you do not feel thirsty at the time.  You'll also want to refrain from drinking any alcoholic or carbonated beverages.  These types of fluids will only increase the rate of water loss in your body, which will increase the rate of coming down with heat exhaustion.

Remember to take frequent breaks if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time.  Seek plenty of shade and wear a hat to keep the sun out of your face.

Don't forget to check on the young and the elderly as they are the most susceptible to becoming affected by the heat.

Finally, health officials recommend that you limit your outdoor activities to the early morning or late evening hours where temperatures are not as hot and a bit more tolerable.