"Jack? Are you Coming? I thought you wanted to go to the woods?"
“I do! I just am really... really... hot. My body isn’t going fast enough!”
“Hmm. Jack, did you recently have a big outdoor-something?”
“How did you know? I had a baseball triple-header that lasted six hours!”
“Yeah. Jack, are you feeling nauseous or light-headed at all?”
“A little. Mom says I have a temperature, and my mouth is kind of dry.”
“Yep! Jack, a dry mouth and a temperature are some of the first signs of sun stroke. Sun strokes happen when the body has had too much sun, and the system is overloaded with Vitamin D. When did your triple-header start?”
“And ended at 4 p.m.?”
“Yeah, something like that.”
“Jack, let’s not go into the woods today, you need to rest and be out of the sun. Say, did you drink Gatorade or PowerAde during your game?”
“Nope! Endura forever!”
“Good. Endura is just like the ‘ades’, but Endura doesn’t have the sugar, chemicals and additives that the ‘ades’ have. Plus, while those ‘ades’ might rehydrate your body in some ways, they hurt your body more than help it. Jack, I seriously think you’re starting to do better with taking care of your body!”
“Good! D’you want to play a board game inside or something?”
“Sounds good! We can always play in the woods a different time, and it’s probably best to stay inside until your symptoms get better.”
“Yeah, you’re probably right. And hopefully I’ll never have another baseball triple-header again.”
While your kids are playing outside this summer, whether in sports or just in the backyard, be sure to encourage them to drink enough water and stay hydrated. Let your kids and teenagers be aware of how important it is for their health and better sports performance if they are properly hydrated. Endura can be a good option for hydrating the body especially if you've been exposed to long amounts of sun while being physically active.
If you have more questions we invite you to ask Dr. Brad on your next visit. Also if your interested, Endura can be purchased at the clinic.
This short story is written by Caleb, one of Hope Clinic’s 12 year old patients who, when he isn’t sipping down his Endura after tearing up the soccer field or baseball diamond, he spends time beating his dad at chess and practicing to become an author.