Written By Dr. Rollins
People tend to vacation, work, and exercise outside more frequently during the spring and summer months because the weather is warm and pleasant. However, during these hot months, it is more important than ever that people monitor and maintain adequate hydration and electrolyte levels so that their internal temperature doesn’t run too hot.
Body Temperature Regulation
When you check your temperature, you are checking the temperature of your body’s internal organs. For adults and individuals over 65 years old, a “normal” core body temperature needs to remain around 97-99 degrees fahrenheit for everything to function properly.
If someone’s internal temperature exceeds this range, the body’s primary mechanism to cool itself is sweating. As the temperature outside rises, or when individuals are doing more physical activity, the brain reroutes blood to the skin and the body releases hydration and electrolytes through the skin so that it can be evaporated and cool down the body. This process is the reason why people get a red “flushed” complexion and sweat when they get too hot.
Risk Factors of Heat-Related Illnesses
If a person is not taking in enough hydration and electrolytes, the body cannot cool itself down effectively when it gets overheated. If your blood has been diverted to your skin, there is less available for your muscles and other internal organs. This diversion can put your heart, brain, liver, etc. into a potentially stressful situation. This is why some symptoms of heat related illness include muscle aches, cramps, weakness, fatigue, confusion, changed mental state or behavior, nausea, racing heart, vomiting, and fainting. You are at risk of developing heat exhaustion, or in more serious cases a heat stroke, when the internal body temperature rises above 103 degrees.
It’s important to be mindful that certain medications, alcohol consumption, being overweight, poor physical conditions, and simply being over the age of 65 are characteristics that increase one’s chance of incurring a heat related illness. These factors are especially important to remember when you haven’t been in the sun for an extended period of time, travel to hotter climates, and or enjoy alcoholic beverages while outside (ex: tropical vacations, football games, physical activity, etc.).
How Can BIOLYTE Help?
Fortunately, heat related illnesses are preventable and BIOLYTE is here to help.
BIOLYTE is the first liquid supplement that offers the same benefits of IV rehydration therapy, but in a drinkable form. Much like an IV infusion bag, BIOLYTE simulates or “matches” human blood plasma’s electrolyte content. This means BIOLYTE will provide optimal fluid and electrolyte replacement that is required for you to sweat and cool off more effectively than other electrolyte solutions.
At its foundation, BIOLYTE is over 90% water. This powerful hydration will help regulate your body temperature. Plus, BIOLYTE contains the top three most important electrolytes for humans: Sodium (Na), Chloride (Cl-), and Potassium (K+). BIOLYTE’s balance between these three electrolytes re-establishes homeostasis (stability) back into all of your body's cells, especially when you are exposed to physiological and heat stresses.
In comparison to other products, plain water helps hydration but it lacks electrolytes. Even if certain water products contain electrolytes, they are typically trace amounts that will not make much of a difference in your health. Sports drinks have more electrolytes than water, but typically the ratio of one electrolyte to another is off balance and does not provide the proper ratio that the human body requires to get back to equilibrium. Other products may be heavy on one electrolyte or the other, but it is BIOLYTE’s exact balance of these electrolytes that makes the real difference when under heat related stress.
BIOLYTE’s combination of hydration plus electrolytes are key for rapid dehydration relief. To stay hydrated during the warm months, BIOLYTE is a summertime essential.
Learn more in our BIOLYTE + Overheating Video!