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  • #9408
    Finngarian
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    We are in the middle of a heat wave here where I live (heat indices in the low-mid 100’s and dewpoints up around 80 so it’s humid too). I do have central air, thank goodness. I have had to go out in it recently, on the first day I was outside but in the shade, and later, in the pool. The second day I went to a friend’s house that was a lot warmer inside than mine. Both days I felt horrible – nausea and a headache the first day, woozy and pounding head/skipped heartbeats the second.

    I do not sweat. I don’t know why, but I don’t. I grew up in a cold climate and I guess my body just does not have the ability to cool itself properly. Oddly I can work out in much less heat (say, 80’s) and I will sweat and cool off nicely, but now, forget it.

    My legs and hands are full of fluid, so I know it’s there. But I don’t sweat. I used to be a compulsive water drinker until RRARFing when I stopped that. After having a full, bounding pulse with skipped heartbeats and a slight headache I figured I should have some water – well a couple of glasses later and I was freezing and peeing, but it did help my other symptoms. I am guessing that the extreme heat is a huge stress on my body. Can’t balance this!

    I know a lot of people want wet, cooling foods in the summer. I’m the opposite. Bring on the pizza and cheeseburgers! I’m always starving in the summer for salty, heavy foods. Last night I had pizza with olives and anchovies! And I got really warm and could feel that I was sweating ever so slightly.

    I am staying in for the next couple of days. It’s just too hot to go try to do anything. Seems like after my bout with the nausea on the first day of the heat, I was less able to tolerate the second day.

    I don’t have any sports drink here but I know you can make it at home. I’m wondering if that would be better for me than plain water? I seem to have a lot of symptoms of needing more water, yet when I drink it I’m freezing and peeing and having trouble keeping my temp above 98. I am in the first part of my cycle right now and waiting for the mid cycle temp jump. Then it will probably be easier to keep it up. This bouncing between freezing and headachy with a full, bounding heartbeat that I can feel against the bed when I lay down is craziness! Help!

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    #9449
    Dutchie
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    I don’t tolerate the current heat over here well either,I guess it’s not so much the heat but the humiditty.
    I’m constantly thirsty even more than usual,despite eating lots of salt,saliva in mouth etc…..and for the last couple of years during July/August humid days I turn into this complete angerball! Anything or anyone can very easily tick me off,feel like punching people in the face,lethargy etc.:s
    And by evening/nigth I turn more calm&positive again.

    I actually don’t tolerate the higher temp&pulse from high metabolism either(though I’m not freezing at least with the current weather),for some reason amongst some other I get very stressed/OCD/anxious or depressive feelings,reading some peoples values here that’s quite impressive.
    I immediately get even more thirsty and when I drink the warm sensation lowers,but moodwise I feel calmer/better.

    That makes me wonder if I’ve been living for so many years,with screwed up metabolism,that the body regards it as ‘normal’ and high temps/pulse/metabolism as stress?….(Bc I also notice/experience symptoms that go with adrenal stress.Yet almost every symptom can be linked to many ailments.)

    #9484
    Matt Stone
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    Yeah, I don’t “eat for heat” in Florida in the summer either. Was thinking about doing a post on “summer foods” soon. Been having lots of smoothies and papayas and breakfast cereal.

    #9490
    Finngarian
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    I am going to delve back into my water-drinking habit for a couple of days here until this heat wave passes, I think I might be overdoing it with the salt too. My hands and feet were so cold though, but it could have been from the A/C, or just that the overheating put such a stress on my body. I’d love to see a post on summer foods. I’m going to “eat for cooling” here and see what happens.

    #9494
    Ashley
    Participant

    I’d try just easing in to it, find your balance. I’m doing the same. :) I’ve always loved breakfast cereal, but I’m outside so much and when you’re hot, milk doesn’t always sit well…

    #9501
    Dutchie
    Participant

    I dont eat4heat (in this weather), i mainly hope to feel normal and be able to poop.
    This heat,fluid and all thing is really a bummer bc after years being unemployed i migth possibly get a job with a landscapingfirm. So,that means working outside and getting up very early,which is problem nr.2 regarding my energypatterns,which i like but i dont tolerate the humid weather well. And its not like i can say “hey,im gonna stop now and start work again in the evening,see ya!” :s

    #9507
    Renae
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    I’ve been struggling with this as well. We don’t really use the AC at my house because we don’t really like it (the house is closed up enough all winter long, so we like outside air when we can get it), but it makes it hard to eat. I’m just not hungry when it’s this hot and humid. I’ve mostly been eating ice cream and fruit.

    #9508
    karime22
    Participant

    I wonder if it has something to do with stressed out adrenals. My 6 year old has metabolism issues (food allergies, constipation, ect) and cannot STAND the heat. We live in Texas so that’s a problem. As soon as he gets outside, he whines about how hot it is, and he is clearly having a physical reaction to the heat, so I don’t make him stay out too long. We went to a July 4th festival recently, and my two year old daughter was having a blast and barely noticed the heat. My son was very lethargic and kept wanting to sit in her stroller and was complaining of the heat. Also, it’s usually older people (lower metabolism) that struggle with heat stroke/heat exhaustion.

    #9510
    Finngarian
    Participant

    Oh it probably does… (have something to do with stressed adrenals) the heat stresses me out which in turn causes my body to have more symptoms.. I’m just not acclimated to the heat due to having lived in a cold place for most of my life… I’ve always blamed that, lol

    #9515
    Dutchie
    Participant

    @karim22 it certainly looks to be the case for me,though its not the sunligth bc i actually need the vit.d for digestion,mood,possibly carb metabolism but for me its the damp humiditty over here. Years ago ive been to las vegas,which has higher temps and i felt fine bc its just warm over there but no humiditty.
    Im not a violent impatient(to others) person at all,but the fact that i. Turn into an angerball says to me my adrenals definitely are stressed by it for some reason.
    Yesterday,i even lashed out to this big bodybuilder type of guy!

    #9525
    karime22
    Participant

    Finngarian, that makes sense. My body has a hard time adapting to cold weather (I enjoy it, but I’m not very used to it), so I suppose where we live makes a big difference :)

    #9559
    Finngarian
    Participant

    I have learned this week that our needs DO change… and sometimes rapidly! I’ve been bringing my temp up for the past few months now and suddenly with this heat wave I think it was too much! I’m pretty sure I got dehydrated, I still have a headache and I’m woozy when I stand up. I’ve upped the fluids and watery foods and I do feel better but it’s not quite back to normal yet! I feel like I broke my internal cues! *sigh*

    #9562
    saisrice
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    I’m sorry to hear that Finngarian! Sounds unpleasant. I’m headed to New York and Massachusetts (I’m in California now) where it’s really hot and I’ve been wondering about my new eating for heat style of eating/drinking. I think after reading this post I’ll be more open to drinking some fluids and eating some cooling foods if I start to feel woozy or sick. Good luck and I hope you’re feeling better soon!

    #9581
    Finngarian
    Participant

    Even after drinking about 8 gigantic glasses of water yesterday plus eating watery foods (and running to the bathroom about every two hours!), my temp this morning was 98.5. :) My symptoms have not gone away totally but they are much improved – plan is to keep pounding the water again today as we’ll be working outside – much cooler but still going to be in the 80’s.

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