The hottest, most sultry days of summer have often been called the “dog days of summer“. For us in Arizona the “dog days of summer” are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August, when we have the hottest temperatures, as well as seasonal monsoons.
The name “dog days of summer” comes from an ancient belief about Sirius, also called the Dog Star.
They believes that Sirius which is in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather. Fortunately traditions have changed from the early Roman days when Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius – based on their belief that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. Obviously all of this was before the comforts of air conditioning!
Watch out for health issues that are heat related
Paying attention to over-heating during summer’s “dog days” is an important health issue. Watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness which can include: muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, weakness, headache, dizziness or confusion.
If any of these symptoms develop, a person needs to lower their body temperature and get hydrated. Whatever the activity – whether doing exercise, yard work, or washing the car, a person should immediately get out of the heat. Drink fluids – water or a sports drink to help with re-balancing electrolytes. Remove extra clothing or sports equipment. Use cool water to help get body temperature down. If possible, have someone stay with you who can help monitor your condition. Seek medical help if not feeling better within 30 minutes. Once a person has had heatstroke, they are at a higher risk of getting a heat illness again.
If concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors as much as possible. Work out at a gym, walk laps inside a mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building. Be careful out there —- it is the “dog days of summer”.
Give us a call at Acupuncture Alternatives for a summer tune-up. Let us help you stay healthy during the “dog days of summer” and all year long – 480 671 5178.