Beware of summer heat! Hermosa Beach MBOT sessions at Oxy Performance can safeguard your health during extreme temperature months.
When Hermosa Beach and nearby beach cities’ temperatures reach their peak from June through August, heat waves pose legitimate health risks to many, especially those living with lung and/or cardiac conditions. Most of us think of Summer as prime time to get outdoors and be active. But even those in great health can suffer consequences of a severe heat wave. “A combination of high heat and humidity can lead to […] heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat-related illness can occur when the ability of the body to cool itself is challenged,” according to The National Weather Service. Likewise, when high temperatures reach a fever pitch, asthma, pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer are a few of the conditions that make it harder to breathe. If you have a lung condition, you might also experience more symptoms during the summer due to an increase in wildfires affecting air quality.
Days of high heat can also increase the rates of mental health emergencies in hospitals. “Temperature spikes across the country are associated with a rise in emergency department visits for mental health reasons, according to study results presented by Amruta Nori-Sarma of Boston University”. (How Heat Waves Affect Our Physical and Mental Health) No one is outside of the risk zone when it comes to extreme summer temperatures. Thankfully, Hermosa Beach MHBOT sessions at Oxy Performance offer multiple safeguards to your health that will help protect you from adverse effects of a heat wave!
If you’re a healthy and active individual, you may feel immune to the health risks posed by extreme summer temperatures, but think again. If you plan on spending time outdoors this summer, there are some safety factors to be aware of. During exercise or other physical activity, high heat and humidity can cause two problems: 1) an increase in the body’s core temperature (hyperthermia), and 2) dehydration. The higher core temperature leads to decreased muscle endurance, something that Hermosa Beach MHBOT sessions at Oxy Performance can actively prevent. By flushing your tissues with a stream of oxygen during your MHBOT sessions, you’re strengthening the muscle’s ability to contract in a sustained manner over long periods of time. Not only does this mean shorter recovery times after workout sessions, but it will also prevent the summer heat waves from taking you out of commission when you want to make the most of a sunny day!
The body requires more oxygen to maintain a normal internal temperature during high heat weather conditions. This impacts how the lungs function, and results in deep or rapid breathing (hyperpnea). This also translates to a more dangerous environment for individuals living with medical conditions that are commonly aggravated by sun and heat. “While heat exhaustion and heat stroke do happen, “really what’s much more important is that [heat] can make existing diseases flare,” says Dr. Bernstein, director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. (How Heat Waves Affect Our Physical and Mental Health) Because organs do not function as well as normal during periods of extreme heat, risks for individuals with chronic medical problems like diabetes, COPD or heart disease spike during heat waves”. While some studies suggest that hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions can improve insulin sensitivity, and MHBOT sessions have been reputed for improving a range of conditions and overall health, Hermosa Beach MHBOT sessions at Oxy Performance will give your health a boost by providing a concentrated dose of the oxygen that is critical to our bodies’ abilities to maintain their normal internal temperatures during the coming summer months, helping us to avoid some of these risks before they take place! You know what they say – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
In addition to its physical effects on the body, heat waves can also take a toll on mental health during extreme temperature highs. More days of high heat have been shown to increase the rates of mental health emergencies in hospitals. “Temperature spikes across the country are associated with a rise in emergency department visits for mental health reasons, according to study results presented by Amruta Nori-Sarma of Boston University in a briefing. Heat is an external stressor that can exacerbate not only physical conditions but also mental conditions”. There are a host of possible reasons why a temperature increase can raise everything from mental health related emergency room visits to rises in the crime rates. Hermosa Beach MHBOT sessions at Oxy Performance can be helpful to maintaining your physical and mental health, through various health benefits, such as lowering stress hormones (which in turn, improves multiple health conditions), decreased inflammation in the brain, and more. The brain requires a high amount of oxygen to perform optimally, and quality oxygen delivered via hyperbaric oxygen sessions at our Hermosa Beach wellness center can be one significant step toward putting both your physical and mental health on the right path ahead of the summer months.
OXY PERFORMANCE hopes that you and your loved ones enjoy a bright, active and healthful summer, and we invite you to use some of these tips to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe this Summer! If you or someone you know is interested in preparing for the extreme summer heat with MHBOT at our Hermosa Beach location, please visit book a session here.