Attention fellow monkeys, this time of year, as the temps start climbing, and we spend more time out doors, we become exposed to a higher risk of heat stroke and we may not know or recognise the signs of it until too late! Obviously we need to keep hydrated at a proper level, but how do we know how much we need? There is no hard and fast rule, so the most common advice is to consume at least 1 gallon of water per day, and depending on your level of activities, you may require far more! Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol can exacerbate the effects of dehydration, and also cause you to sweat less, making your natural cooling less effective! One new group of products offers exceptional cooling for the body, making the risks some what less. These new hi-tech clothing products offer serious moisture wicking which helps cool you with out drawing off your internal hydration to dangerous levels! Another group of products are essntially shammies, you get them wet and wrap them around your neck or your head and the water will drop your bodies surface temps by at least 10°F and draw off sweat keeping you more comfortable! Heat stroke is no joke, I know all to well just how bad it can get, several years ago during a long term deployment I suffered a serious bout of heat stroke despite following the hydration protocols and ended up in the trauma center for a few days, what's not well known about heat stroke is the lasting effects of it long afterward. Up to and including brain damage! I now suffer heat sensitivity that I have never had before, any thing above about 80°f is very uncomfortable, made worse if there is any real humidity! Above 100° becomes unbearable, and I actually go into heat shock, the precursor to heat stroke! That's serious! Ironically, I also suffer the same effects with extreme cold, once exposed to hypothermia multiple times, any thing below 0° for me is very dangerous! Be careful out there, there is lots of climate shift in the states that we havn't ever seen before, and are not used to! Make sure to consume lots of water, and seek shade when ever possable, and take breaks often! Invest in moisture wicking clothing, I find the Russle brand to be about the best value vs performamce out there, and use the cooling cloth around your head and neck! If you feal light headed or dizy, sit down in the shade and get more water in your system, it will take at least 2 hours of inactivity for you to return to normal, the worse it gets, the longer you need to recover! Don't over do it with the water if you do become dehydrated, consume small amounts of cool water over a long period of time, and avoide further activity, especially things that will elevate your temps further! Be safe out there, this is easy to fall into and take you out of the game when you may be most needed, and it can be avoided just as easy!