You may not know this but the Gulf Stream is no longer circulating its warm waters to Europe (Since 28 of May 2010; confirmed by NASA satellite). The reason for this is that Mother Nature does not approve of the way the BP oil spill has been handled with toxic flocking agents – sinking the oil, rather than using microbes to eat up the oil.
We are now keeping all this excess heat here in the US. This is why we are experiencing record breaking heat waves from Southern California right on through Middle America, and to the East coast. When was the last time you saw 100°F temperatures across Mid America? This is why I decided to write an article about avoiding and remedying heat stroke and heat exhaustion. This is particularly for the elderly and those who have never experienced 100°F plus weather.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are not uncommon in extremely hot weather, or even in high humidity warm weather while engaging in some prolonged physical activity, such as gardening, a long walk in the sun, basketball, volleyball, cycling, hiking, and all of those other great outdoor activities. Heat exhaustion usually appears first when you overexert yourself and fail to drink enough water to stay hydrated. If you are drinking water that has poor hydration ability, or you are drinking soda pop or beer, you can become dehydrated and suffer from heat exhaustion.
So, what are the symptoms of dehydration that lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke? They can start with any of these symptoms: nausea, headaches, fatigue, slowed mental acuity, pale skin, rapid heartbeat, etc. If not resolved in about a half hour, it can worsen to heat stroke. Heat stroke is where your core body temperature rises above 104. Heat stroke is life threatening and potentially fatal. A study done in Chicago followed a large number of heat stroke victims that were admitted to one hospital and they found that half of them died within a year. Many of those that lived had permanent brain damage and other nervous system impairments. Heat stroke is serious! An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure!
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are both compounded by dehydration, but dehydration is not just loss of body water. You must understand the condition of dehydration in order to prevent heat illnesses. In fact, it is completely possible to drink water during physical exercise and still have heat symptoms like headache, fatigue, nausea, and other problems because of improper rehydration.
I have a simple remedy that replaces electrolytes in order to avoid heat illness. Electrolytes are the nutrients in the blood that allow cells to utilize electrical impulses in order to function. Without electrolytes, we would have no nervous system and all of our vital organs would shut down. Electrolytes require certain concentrations in the blood stream in order for the cells of the body to function optimally. When electrolytes are lost through sweat, it can create problems and can damage the body in many ways.
In tropical climates of heat and high humidity, what do the locals drink? They drink coconut water, a clear, nutty tasting liquid that is very low in calories and very high in electrolytes. You can find it at your local health food store, or do a search on the Internet. One brand I particularly like is Harvest Bay. But I like Zico or One, as well.
Many years ago, I learned this remedy from Dr. John R. Christopher, a very knowledgeable and well-respected herbalist. He called it Tiger Piss. This formula will give you more energy, hydrate your body, and replace the electrolytes, as well as countering the acid that is secreted by your muscles from your activity.
It is these acids that cause achy muscles that can last for 2-3 days. The longer the aching lasts, the poorer one’s circulation. Here are some short term as well as long-term ways to improve your circulation and prevent sore and achy muscles when you work.
Tiger’s Piss is made from slightly less than a gallon of water to about 8 oz. of honey, 8 oz. of apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt. The vital electrolytes come from the full-spectrum salt. (90+ elements)
Make sure that the salt is definitely dirty green-gray in color. This is a very important factor in this formula. Most labels say, “Sea salt”. However, if it looks white, it will not produce the desired electrolytes.
Mix the honey, apple cider vinegar and salt in a small amount of lukewarm water in a gallon jug. Then fill the jug with water and place it in the refrigerator. If you have many people to serve, you can pre-make this mixture and place it in a clear plastic bottle that has a triangle with Number 1 written on the bottom of the bottle. Go ahead and pre-freeze the entire bottle. This way, when you carry it out to the field, the water will slowly defrost and the people will have nice ice-cold electrolytes to drink.
This will ensure that people don’t get heat stroke and will significantly reduce achy muscles. I have one other thing that virtually eliminates achy muscles – “Sea Electrolytes™”.
The Sea Electrolytes™ consist of seawater diluted by 1/3 distilled water. This dilution mimics the blood plasma of your body. This evidently is the most ideal form of electrolytes for the body to absorb. I, for one, always consume 1 ampoule of these sea electrolytes before I start working out and I may carry 1 or 3 ampoules with me and consume them over the entire day. By doing this, I virtually guarantee that I will not have an achy sore body the following day. This product is made in France and in my opinion, is the most bio-available mineral that one can consume.
In fact during the First World War, when they ran out of blood reserves for the wounded soldiers, they used Sea Electrolytes™ to transfuse them, hoping that they would be okay. In fact, the soldiers that were transfused with Sea Electrolytes™ healed more rapidly and returned to duty faster than those who were transfused with blood. In this present day of risk of receiving blood-borne diseases from transfusions, it is very wise to keep several boxes of Sea Electrolytes™ on hand in case of emergency.
Call me to order the Sea Electrolytes™ and enjoy outdoor activities in the heat! It will be cooling down soon!