July is here!
I want to thank everyone who came to and participated in the Summer Seasonal Acupuncture Event- it was a lot of fun with the vendors and other health related businesses, and of course the wonderfully balancing acupuncture!
Wow! We are fully into summer now, and the temperatures are on the rise. There are some interesting things happening this month at the Healing Light Resource Center, be sure to stop by and join the fun.
It’s very important to watch for heat exhaustion & heat stroke during the summer months. Please stay hydrated and cool by drinking enough water. The guideline is half you bodyweight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 120lbs then you need to drink 60 oz of water per day.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion
There are 2 types of heat exhaustion:
Water depletion- signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
Salt depletion- Signs include nausea and vomiting, frequent muscle cramps, and dizziness.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
- Dark-colored urine (dehydration)
- Muscle cramps
- Pale skin
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
Treatment of Heat Exhaustion
Get out of the heat immediately and rest in a cool air conditioned room. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place. Loosen or remove tight clothing, drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol), take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath and apply other cooling measures such as ice packs, fans etc. If you do not cool down within 30 minutes or so, contact you doctor. Heat exhaustion can progress into heat stroke.
Message for the Month
The energy of summer is about connection, community, laughing, playing, and generally having fun! Get out and do more with friends and family, eat light, cooling and juicy foods & drink water, lots of it!
Most importantly, stay connected to the joy in your life and see if you can let joy spill into everything you do! Listen to some fun music and start you day dancing and/or singing ( my current favorites are “Happy” by Pharrell and “Sing” by Ed Sheeran). Try smiling at people more, saying “thank you” more, and looking at people in the eyes when you speak to them. Generally, “connect” more. Lastly, notice the ways in which we are all the same, instead of focusing on the differences. One way creates a connection and the other way a separation. Which way would you rather feel?
Have a beautiful month!
In Love, Light and continued Health!