Page B2 Living Athens Banner-Herald, Tuesday, August 16, 2011
THE YOU DOCS
What makes heat exhaustion so deadly?
I’m a gym manager. I’m expect, like Texas and Arizo- calories (52). The fragrance
promoting a weight-loss na, but also in places where combo helps keep your
diet of consuming between sweltering temps aren’t the
NAPS ARE HEALTHY appetite small, and your
1,300-1,600 calories and at norm, like Kansas and, yes,
REASON TO GO NUTS PASS THE LAVENDER waistline, too. Bliss.
least 100 grams of protein a Maine (100 degrees in Ban- neighbor’s dog start yapping The world’s going nuts.
day for our female members. gor!). at 3 a.m. again? Are money of having a massage make
Most are over 40. They do You’re right about sweat- worries messing with your that’s good. Why? you want to repurpose the
cardio and lift weights three ing: As perspiration evapo- grocery money and get one?
days a week. One woman’s rates, your body releases idea of a little afternoon especially walnuts — which The blissful release of mus-
doctor told her that the heat, but it’s hardly the snooze sounds irresistible. have six times as much as the cle tension, the strong-soft
amount of protein I’m sug- physical equivalent of cen- Naps can be great for next nearest nut — protect hands of Sven, the gently
gesting is unhealthy. What do tral air-conditioning. The you. They boost your mood, against heart disease. scented massage oils —
you think? temps we’ve had can over- memory and performance. what’s not to crave?
— Hailey, Lee’s Summit, whelm your body’s cooling They increase alertness you lose weight. A small The oils (especially lav-
Mo. mechanism, especially if and make you more likely handful about 30 minutes ender-scented ones) may be
Your average gym rat will it’s already compromised to drive safely. They even before mealtime fills you up a bigger part of it than you
tell you that protein turns by lack of protect your enough to keeps you from think. There’s evidence that
to muscle as fast as Tony fluid (dehy- heart from overeating. aromatherapy massages are
Stark’s suit changes him into dration), stress: After better at reducing anxiety
Iron Man. But that’s comic- obesity, a tense event, these crunchy treats help and stress than plain ones.
book science and just a great heart dis- your blood tame type 2 diabetes. Lavender all by itself makes
way to sell protein shakes. ease, sun- pressure Yep, if you’ve got diabetes, you go “Ahhh.”
A 40-something woman burn or age bounces back trading some of your usual And maybe it’s best not to
who works out three days a extremes — to normal carbs for a couple of ounces blow your food budget on
week doesn’t need 100 grams both the elderly and the very much faster if you can grab of raw or dry-roasted mixed Sven’s special massage. But
of protein a day. That’s clos- young really suffer. Plus, the a quick nap that lets you nuts can steady your blood while you’re at the grocery
er to what an athlete needs. combo of high humidity recoup and regroup. sugar levels and lower your store, buy some lemons,
(“Athlete” means someone and sizzling temps thwarts You just have to do it grapefruit and peppermint
who exercises more than evaporation. right. Here’s how to get the The nut mix that produces tea, then stop at the drug-
an hour at a time, multiple You still sweat, but it just most out of a siesta, even if these benefits: 2 ounces of store for a lavender lotion
days of the week. Time, not drips off without cooling you can catch one only on pretty much anything — or spray. Science says it isn’t
trophies, matter here.) Here’s you, so you’re losing pre- weekends: pistachios, raw almonds, a splurge. Hospitals have
how to calculate your clients’ cious fluid as well. 1. Keep it short. Start with walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, been giving anxious patients
needs and your own — we Heat exhaustion is deadly 30 minutes and experiment. peanuts, cashews and maca- a whiff of lavender before
assume you, like them, are serious. It’s caused by being Some people feel refreshed damias. sliding them into a narrow
fairly active. both overheated and dehy- in just 10 or 15 minutes; oth- MRI tube; it increases the
Bump up the basic protein drated. ers need 45. Much longer, Two ounces of nuts can percentage who get through
requirement to 0.5 grams When your natural cool- and you’ll likely feel groggy add 400 of ’em. To get the the claustrophobic experi-
per pound. For a 150-pound ing system is pushed to the afterward. maximum health punch ence by a third. The lemons?
person, that’s 75 grams of limit, stay in the air condi- 2. Aim for midafternoon. without the paunch, stick Another relaxant. Slice one
protein a day. tioning. If you don’t have it That’s when the post-lunch to raw or dry-roasted nuts into your next warm bath. It
Getting more protein than at home, go somewhere that energy sag strikes. If you could be twice as de-tensing.
that will just be turned to does, like the mall, a library snooze past 3 p.m., you in a toaster oven for nine With peppermint (rose-
fat and make you pee a lot. or a cooling center. If you might have trouble sleeping minutes at 275 degrees), mary, too), it’s alertness that
Consuming too much pro- can’t get to a place with AC, at night. not sugared or roasted in gets triggered — perfect for
tein can stress your kidneys. do this: 3. Got a hammock? partially hydrogenated fat. when you’ve got a must-do
Too much animal protein Nap there. Adults, just like Before adding nuts to your job but can’t focus. Grape-
can lead to kidney stones, babies, love to be rocked to diet, subtract other carbs fruit’s scent curbs hunger,
which are excruciating. Oth- room-temperature foods sleep. In fact, you’ll fall into (shed sandwich bread, skip and peppermint enhances
erwise, serious problems are (don’t turn on the stove!). deep, restful sleep faster in the effect. Watching your
rare, but why risk them? a gently rocking hammock better: Sprinkle nuts into a waist? Make a habit of eat-
I thought sweating helped — not icy — fluids. Plenty, than in a stationary bed. diabetes-friendly Mediterra- ing half a grapefruit with a
cool the body. So what causes meaning not just one glass in 4. Get comfy. Kick off - peppermint chaser (tea or
heat deaths? Can they be pre- the morning. your shoes, loosen tight gies and salads (tossed with just a stick of peppermint
vented? clothing, darken the room. nuts); tasty sauces made gum). The fruit’s juicy fiber
— Judy, Newtown, Pa. make your own shade in it). If you don’t have a ham- with tomatoes, onion, gar- fills you up on nearly no
This summer, local TV mock, stretch out on your lic, spices and olive oil; 100
stations across huge areas of early in the morning or after bed (not the couch). Under- percent whole grains; entrees
the country have reported sunset. scoring the association built around fish, chicken,
one heat-related death after between your bed and sleep beans; and juicy fruit for
another. dizzy or disoriented, get help keeps daytime napping from dessert (topped with nuts).
Relentless triple-digit fast in the cool of a hospital interfering with nighttime Your blood sugar, heart and
temps have been recorded emergency department (even bliss. waistline will go nuts.
not only in places you’d if you don’t sign in).