PHOENIX (June 1, 2018) – Now that higher summertime temperatures have arrived, it’s perfectly normal to sweat more and to feel more sluggish – it’s just your body’s way of getting used to the heat, says a Phoenix-area Banner Health internal-medicine specialist.
Your body uses sweat as a way to cool down and it also pushes your blood closer to your skin’s surface as a way to throw off heat. The movement of the blood, called convection, can disrupt your metabolism, causing extra fatigue or lack of appetite.
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It can take up to two weeks for healthy adults to adapt to hotter temperatures, says Carlos Ventura, MD, an internal-medicine specialist at Banner Health Center at Verrado.
“Acclimation will happen but it doesn’t happen fast. Slowly but surely your body will release some of the heat and if you get exposed long enough… you will get used to it.’’
People who work outside for a living may adapt more quickly to the heat than those who work in offices, he says.
Everyone, regardless of their occupation, needs to keep hydrated. If you feel that you have signs of heat exhaustion (sweating profusely, muscle weakness), it may be a good idea to reach for a sports drink to help you recover, Ventura says.
“Water is always a good option but let’s not forget those electrolytes. Sometimes you will need more than water.’’
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