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If you are a breast cancer patient who is in need of financial assistance with rent or utilities while you are undergoing treatment, look no further.

Please fill out a Help Now Fund application and have your SOCIAL WORKER or NURSE send us the application!  If you qualify we will pay up to $500 of your rent or utility bills!

NOTE: Applications submitted by patients themselves will not be accepted.

We will start accepting the September applications from September 1 -7.

Get your application HERE!




PRESS Forward Against Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) exists for one reason—to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  Our central focus is on educating, empowering and encouraging all women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, in surviving breast cancer.

We offer leading edge, state-of-the-art, research-backed programs that focus on all that women can do in addition to medical care.  Our services include nutrition, exercise, and social support all the while defusing the fear that often accompanies breast cancer.  And we provide help now with emergency financial assistance to medicines and medical supplies to women in poverty.

Join Breast Cancer Charities as we P-R-E-S-S Forward in the fight against breast cancer….

Prevention

Studies show that 8 of 10 breast cancers can be prevented.   Prevention—not just early detection.  Breast cancer prevention is the new frontier.  Excellent studies show that prevention is possible.  We lead the way with our Vitamin D Promise program.

Research

Though the “New Era Cancer Research Fund” we underwrite less-toxic, minimally-invasive diagnosis and treatment options.  This includes research on topics such as the link between Vitamin D and a reduction in cancer; how food choices impact your body during treatment and studies on Proton Therapy as a first-line treatment.

Education

Education is power in preventing and surviving breast cancer.  From teaching breast self exams to wise exercise, from managing post-treatment side-effects to mobilizing the mind for healing, we guide and support women to actively participate in health and healing.  Our University Education Program teaches students the lifestyle choices they can make at an early age to prevent breast cancer.

Survival

BCCA’s integrated cancer care program supports and complements conventional medical treatment.  The program encompasses the whole person—body, mind and spirit.  While accomplished in addition to conventional medical care, we understand it takes more than medicine to get well and stay well.

Support

When breast cancer strikes, it impacts the entire family and all areas of their life, especially financially.  We have designed our Help Now Fund to assist with the basic needs of cancer patients in need.  The demand is huge and we limit our funding to past-due rents and utilities.  Our commitment: no woman will go through breast cancer without a roof over her head and the basics of daily needs.

 

We PRESS Forward in the fight against breast cancer.  We inspire hope.  We nurture healing.  We renew life.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  We are the new voice of breast cancer.  We are passionate, filled with energy and a vision.  And we will not stop until breast cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.

Join us.  Make your voice heard.  It’s a new day in the world of breast cancer.

Behind The Curtain At BCCA!

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Today we thought it would be fun to bring you a “Behind the scenes” type of look at BCCA’s motto and inspirational mission. The Breast Cancer Charities of America, better known as “BCCA” was founded in 2009. For the past 4 years we have continued to grow and flourish within our local community and beyond. Our most recent event, the Pink 5k was a tremendous success, and we ended up raising significantly more than we had projected! As we prepare and look towards our other future events, we’re reminded of our mission here.  Our mission at BCCA is shown  below:

 

Mission Statement

The Breast Cancer Charities of America exists to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness.  We bring together organizations representing all health and social service disciplines in the commitment to establish new and unprecedented levels of effectiveness in research, education, advocacy and support.  BCCA is the only non-profit bringing the ‘integrated cancer care’ message to women of America.

For us, as a team we have chosen to make it our daily mission to be the difference in someone’s life and work towards a goal of someday eliminating breast cancer as a life-threatening illness. At BCCA we do this with our motto, PRESS Forward.

Prevention

Research

Education

Survival

Support

Every day that PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer, puts us 1 step closer to the finish line. We love knowing that our work here makes a difference and with our small, but mighty staff we know that we can conquer the world together and eliminate breast cancer someday!

 

 

Wine Women & Shoes – Key to the Closet!

Wine…women…and shoes, what could be more fabulous than these things combined into a one-night-only event? Then mark your calendars and grab your girlfriends!

The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is pleased to announce they have been selected as the Houston charity partner for ‘Wine, Women, and Shoes’, a national wine-savvy, shoe-loving fundraising event coming to The Woodlands on September 25, 2014 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

WW&S, now in its tenth year, is a national event that partners with select non-profit organizations to bring an unforgettable experience that promises to deliver a fashionably fun evening. The event will feature ‘The Marketplace’ with exclusive designers from Beverly Hills, Miami and New York flying in to showcase and provide a wonderful shopping experience. In addition, nine elite vineyards from Northern California will be on site providing wine from the country’s top winemakers and the evening will be capped off with a New York style runway fashion show.

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Key to the Closet

Key to the closet is an activity that will be taking place at Wine, Women, and Shoes. Key to the closet will feature a wardrobe containing clothes, accessories, and handbags from Trina Turk and other designers. The wardrobe will be valued at $5,000+. To enter for a chance at this exciting wardrobe selection a woman can purchase a ticket online for $50 prior to the evening or at the event for the same price.

>>> Buy your ticket now! <<<

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it affects every aspect of her life, especially how she views and dresses herself. Breast cancer patients and survivors often struggle with body transformations. Going through this life impacting illness changes how a woman feels and the clothes that she chooses to adorn herself in. For most women getting ready in the morning is second nature and something that does not require much additional thought. Yet for a breast cancer patient or survivor this once simple task can seem daunting and difficult. At this event the “key to the closet” is symbolic for us in the sense that it symbolizes a way in which we can give back to women in need.

The proceeds from every ticket purchased will go directly back into BCCA to reinvest in the women that feel passionate about helping. Purchase a “key” today for your chance to win and in the process you’ll be helping a woman that is going through breast cancer cope with her body images.

 

>>> Buy your ticket now! <<<

General Admission tickets are $95 and VIP Tickets for $120. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston or call 936.231.8460. Be There. Be Fabulous!

 

 

Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin B9 (Folate)

Vitamin B9 (aka: folate) is a water-soluble B vitamin with many rich natural sources. Folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B9 found in fortified foods and supplements. As with most vitamins, the natural form of vitamin B9 (folate) is preferred, and better for absorption. Vitamin B9 (folate) is required for numerous body functions including DNA synthesis and repair, cell division, and cell growth. A deficiency of folate can lead to anemia in adults, and slower development in children. For pregnant women, folate is especially important for proper fetal development. Folate, Vitamin B9, is a water soluble vitamin that is well regulated by the body, thus overdose is rare in natural food sources, and can only occur from supplements. The current DV for Folate (Vitamin B9) is 400μg.

 

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#1: Beans (Black Eyed Peas – Cooked)

Folate in 100g Per cup (171g) Per ounce (28g)
208µg (52% DV) 356µg (89% DV) 58µg (15% DV)

Other Beans High in Folate (%DV per cup cooked): Mung Beans (80%), Pinto Beans (74%), Chickpeas (71%), Pink Beans (71%), Lima Beans (68%), Black Beans (64%), Navy Beans (64%), and Kidney Beans (58%)

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#2: Lentils (Cooked)

Folate in 100g Per cup (198g) Per tablespoon (12g)
181µg (45% DV) 358µg (90% DV) 22µg (5% DV)

Half a cup of cooked lentils contains 115 calories and less than half a gram of fat.

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#3: Spinach (Raw)

Folate in 100g Per cup (30g) Per cup (Cooked – 180g)
194µg (49% DV) 58µg (15% DV) 263µg (66% DV)

Other Dark Green Leafy Vegetables High in Folate (%DV per cup cooked): Turnip Greens (42%), Pak Choi (Chinese Cabbage)(17%), Savoy Cabbage (17%), and Collard Greens (8%).

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#4: Asparagus (Cooked)

Folate in 100g Per 1/2 cup (90g) Per 4 spears (60g)
149µg (37% DV) 134µg (34% DV) 89µg (22% DV)

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#5: Lettuce (Cos or Romaine)

Folate in 100g Per 3oz Serving (85g) Per cup (Shredded – 47g)
136µg (34% DV) 116µg (29% DV) 64µg (16% DV)

Other Lettuce High in Folate (%DV per cup shredded): Endive (18%), Butterhead (10%), Salad Cress (10%), Chicory (8%), and Arugula (4%).

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#6: Avocado 

Folate in 100g Per cup cubed (150g) Per avocado (201g)
81µg (20% DV) 122µg (30% DV) 163µg (41% DV)

Half an avocado contains 161 calories.

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#7: Broccoli (Cooked)

Folate in 100g Per 1/2 cup chopped (78g) Per stalk (180g)
108µg (27% DV) 84µg (21% DV) 194µg (49% DV)

Other Brassica Vegetables High in Folate (%DV per cup cooked):Chinese Broccoli (22%), Broccoli Raab (15%), and Cauliflower (14%).

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#8: Tropical Fruits (Mango)

Folate in 100g Per cup (Pieces – 165g) Per fruit (336g)
43µg (11% DV) 71µg (18% DV) 145µg (36% DV)

Other Tropical Fruit High in Folate (%DV per fruit): Pomegranate (27%), Papaya (15%), Guava (7%), Kiwi (7%), and Banana (6%).

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#9: Oranges

Folate in 100g Per cup segments (180g) Per orange (121g)
39µg (10% DV) 70µg (18% DV) 47µg (12% DV)

A cup of orange juice provides 19% DV for folate.

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#10: Bread (Wheat Bread)

Folate 100g Per slice (29g) Per ounce (28g)
85µg (21% DV) 25µg (6% DV) 24µg (6% DV)

Other Bread High in Folate (%DV per slice): French Bread (24%), Italian Bread (14%), Wheat Germ Bread (8%).

 

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New Dietary Guidelines On Cancer Prevention!

Reading about the latest cancer – fighting nutrition guidelines and tips can feel like a daunting task at times considering the vast amount of information that is easily available at the click of a button in the virtual age that we live in now. There’s irony to be found here in the fact that as soon as we put down the article that we’re reading about how terrible butter is for us, there’s a new published study claiming that there’s heart-healthy benefits to consuming butter.

We live in a world that offers answers at the click of a button, but maneuvering these murky waters is the difficult part. Recently a new article was published in the Houston Chronicle about “cancer – busting, dietary guidelines are more stringent.” This article presents a new paper by Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, advocating for minimal alcohol, and red-meat consumption, as well as other limiting dietary factors.

Dr. Barnard is quick to acknowledge that there are few absolutes in the field of nutrition, however his new findings come at a time that Americans are recovering from their “holiday binges,” post – 4th of July. Dr. Barnard’s new dietary guidelines on cancer prevention are interesting and worthwhile considering, since the information presented may come as previously known knowledge by others.

Dr. Barnard’s finding and the article itself are well written and provide a 2-sided argument to these new dietary guidelines. If you’d like to read the full article, we think you’ll gain a thing or two from it, so check it out!

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9 Surprising Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomatoes! They’re sweet, juicy, and delicious. Everyone knows they are good for you, right? Uh, yeah, sure. Does everyone know specifically why tomatoes are a healthful food? Ummm… They have vitamin C? They’re low in calories? They’re fat-free? Yes, yes, and yes, but that’s not all!

Let’s look at what makes the tomato an excellent healthy choice.

Tomatoes 101

One serving of red, ripe, raw tomatoes (one cup or 150 grams) is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, all of which are necessary for good health.

On top of that, one serving of tomatoes gives you 2 grams of fiber, which is 7% of the daily recommended amount. Tomatoes also have a relatively high water content, which makes them a filling food. In general eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, confers protection against high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, and heart disease.

One tomato packs one powerful punch of nutrition, but there’s much more!

Healthy Skin

Tomatoes make your skin look great. Beta-carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potatoes, helps protect skin against sun damage. Tomatoes’ lycopene also makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage, a leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles.

Strong Bones

Tomatoes build strong bones.The vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes are both very good for strengthening and repairing bones.

 Lycopene also has been shown to improve bone mass, which is a great way to fight osteoporosis.

Fight Cancer

Tomatoes are a natural cancer fighter. Lycopene (again!) can reduce the risk of several cancers, including prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, prostate and ovarian cancer. Tomatoes’ antioxidants (vitamins A and C) fight the free radicals which can cause cell damage

Blood Sugar

Tomatoes can keep your blood sugar in balance. Tomatoes are a very good source of chromium, which helps to regulate blood sugar.

Vision

Tomatoes can improve your vision. The vitamin A that tomatoes provide can improve vision and help prevent night blindness. Recent research shows that consuming tomatoes may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious and irreversible eye condition.

Hair

Tomatoes will even make your hair look better.The vitamin A found in tomatoes works to make hair strong and shiny. (Sorry, tomatoes cannot help much with thinning hair—but they will make the hair you have look better!)

Prevent Kidney Stones and Gallstones

Tomatoes can help prevent kidney stones and gallstones. Some studies suggest that kidney and gall stones are less likely to form in people who eat tomatoes without the seeds.

Chronic Pain

Tomatoes can reduce chronic pain. If you are one of the millions of people who deal with mild to moderate chronic pain (such as from arthritis or back pain), tomatoes may be a pain-buster. Tomatoes are high in bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which are known anti-inflammatory agents.

Chronic pain often involves chronic inflammation, so attacking the inflammation is a good way to fight the chronic pain. (Many commercial drugs that fight pain are actually anti-inflammatory drugs.)

Lose Weight

Tomatoes can help you lose weight. If you are on a sensible diet and exercise plan, build lots of tomatoes into your everyday eating. They make a great snack and can be used to “bulk up” salads, casseroles, sandwiches and other meals. Because tomatoes contain lots of water and fiber, they are what Weight Watchers calls a “filling food,” one of those foods that fills you up fast without adding a lot of calories or fat.

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Easy Ways to Eat More Tomatoes

· Add sliced tomatoes to sandwiches—from tuna to turkey

· Chop tomatoes in salad (leave them at room temperature, if possible)

· Use marinara or tomato sauces (canned, cooked, or homemade) on pasta; this can be big calorie savings when you swap out creamy sauces for tomato-based sauces

· Drink tomato juice or vegetable juice with tomatoes

· Tomatoes for breakfast? Top scrambled eggs with coarsely chopped tomatoes or add them to a breakfast taco

· Eat tomatoes as a mid-afternoon snack (my father used to eat them like an apple—but you can use a knife and fork)

· Make a tomato sandwich—this is a sandwich that stars the tomato. The classic dressing for this sandwich is mayonnaise, but I know some people who like tomatoes and mustard

· Add canned or stewed tomatoes to soups and stews, like vegetable soup or beef stew

· Serve stewed tomatoes over a baked potato (also great on mashed potatoes)

· Make your own salsa with lots of fresh tomato—salsa is a great replacement for high-fat salad dressings as well as being tasty on meats, fish, and eggs

 

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7 Summer Salad Ideas

Fresh salads can be a light and healthy choice for the summer. Here are seven summer salad ideas to make your summer a little healthier!
SunflowerSeed Salad

Arugula, Grape, and Sunflower Seed Salad

By including a variety of ingredients, salads are often a nutritional powerhouse: This recipe provides lots of antioxidants from the grapes, healthy fats and vitamin E from the sunflower seeds and grapeseed oil, and folate and vitamin A from the arugula. A sweet mustard vinaigrette dressing matches both the peppery bitterness of the greens and the sweet juiciness of the grapes. Try this salad topped with salmon or tuna for a healthful dinner.View Recipe: Arugula, Grape, and Sunflower Seed Salad 

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Tuna-Garbanzo Salad

With fresh green beans, hearty garbanzos, and a smoky-creamy dressing, this Spanish tapas-style dish is unlike any other tuna salad you’ve tried. But it still takes less than 10 minutes to make and contains fewer than 400 calories per serving. High-quality tuna is a must; check European or Mediterranean markets for imported oil-packed tuna.View Recipe: Tuna-Garbanzo SaladProscuitto

How to Stick to an Exercise

Once your initial enthusiasm wears off, you might find it hard to stick with your exercise routine. Here are some tips to keep you motivated:

  • Make it fun. If you like to be around people, take an aerobics class or sign up for a local soccer or walking club. If you’re happier in solitude, trying walking or hiking in a park or location with a nice view.
  • Switch up what you do so you don’t get bored. Walk one day and lift light weights the next. Ride a bike, dance, take a yoga class — doing anything is better than doing nothing.
  • Make exercise social. If you make a commitment to exercise with someone else, you’re more likely to stick to it than if you’re just working out alone. Plus, you get to catch up with your friend and cheer on each other’s accomplishments.
  • Make exercise a priority. Think of exercising as a necessary part of life, like breathing, sleeping, and eating. It’s what you do to be as healthy as you can be. Schedule exercise like you do any other important activity. Put it in your daily planner!
  • Exercise first thing in the morning. If you exercise in the morning, you’re more likely to stick to your routine, according to some studies. As the day goes on, you’re more likely to come up with excuses or have delays in your schedule that can make it hard to exercise. Another bonus of morning exercise: you’re energized for the day ahead.
  • Exercise on your way home from work. If you can’t exercise first thing in the morning, working out on your way home from work is the next best thing. Make sure you don’t go home first. Once you change and sit down, it’s unlikely you’ll be motivated enough to go back out again. A bonus of after-work exercise: you melt away the day’s stress and irritations.
  • Exercise even when you think you’re too tired. You’ll probably feel better and more energized afterward. Exercise makes your brain release endorphins, which elevate your mood and make your whole body feel better. You also breathe deeply, which can make you feel calm and relaxed.
  • Keep an exercise journal. Write down the exercise statistics that are important to you: how long you exercised, how far you walked (or ran or biked), how much weight you lifted, how many reps you did, etc. Seeing your progress can help keep you motivated to achieve more.
  • Reward yourself. Set some goals and as you achieve them, reward yourself. When you’re able to walk for 30 minutes without stopping, you might buy yourself a new pair of walking shoes or a warm-up jacket. When you can put your body in Eagle Pose in yoga, your reward might be a new pair of yoga pants or a new top. Do whatever works for you!
  • Be flexible. If you’re truly too busy or feel run down, take a break. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as you can.

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How to Adapt to the Heat for Summer Runs

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The Pink 5k is only a few days away! Because the race is in Texas we want to make sure you are prepared for the heat on Saturday! We found this great article on How to Adapt to the Heat for Summer Runs from Active.com! Enjoy! (For more information on The Pink 5k, visit ThePink5k.com)

 

While the old saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” makes sense in theory, it isn’t very practical for runners trying to maintain physical fitness or achieve race goals during intense summer heat. “Warm-weather running impacts all runners,” says Marlene Atwood of Women’s 101 Fitness in Alpharetta, Georgia. “Not only do we lose precious body fluids through perspiration, but heat makes us feel like we’re working harder than we really are.” Striding it out on a treadmill in an air-conditioned gym and running late at night are both options. But if you don’t want to relegate yourself to a summer of gym drudgery or little sleep you’re going to have to deal with the heat.

Drink to Your Health

“It’s imperative to be hydrated when you begin an exercise session,” says Jim Rutberg, pro coach at Carmichael Training Systems. “Hydration must occur on an ongoing basis, not just when you exercise.” According to Rutberg, most people are somewhat dehydrated at all times; we simply don’t drink enough fluids. To improve, Rutberg suggests scheduling water consumption just as you schedule workouts. “Don’t water load, but be conscious of consuming enough fluids throughout the day to optimize your hydration level,” he says. “Your body will be better able to handle the heat and stress, resulting in a more effective workout.”

“Proper hydration should be a lifestyle,” says Jen Burn, a cross-country team alumna at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. “If I wake up thirsty that is a sure sign I’m not properly hydrated.” Considering the fact that water makes up approximately 60 percent of our body weight, hydrating with cool fluids is a must. When exercising in the heat, aim for 16 to 28 ounces of fluid intake per hour.

It is crucial to stick with your hydration plan once you are exercising. “By the time you feel thirsty, you could have a two percent body-weight water loss, already putting you into the impairment zone,” says Steve Born, fueling expert for Hammer Nutrition. While you can sweat up to 3 liters an hour in extreme conditions, the most water your body can take back in the same time period is 1 liter. This means you’ll finish extended workouts at a hydration deficit, according to Born, so be prepared to hydrate as part of your recovery.

“When it’s hot, you need to salt up,” Atwood says. She recommends incorporating an electrolyte-balanced sports drink into your hydration plan. Experiment with different products to find the one that works best for you.

Adapting to the Heat

If you run every day at the same time, no matter the weather, your body is already naturally adjusting to seasonal temperature changes. But for runners beginning a new workout program, increasing mileage or preparing for a hot weather race, they will need to consciously adapt to the heat.

“A huge part of being fit is being heat tolerant,” says Chris Kostman, chief adventure officer of AdventureCORPS and race director for the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile, nonstop running race across Death Valley in the stiffing July heat. Many races in hot weather locales are held in cooler seasons, such as the ING Miami Marathon in January, to reduce the heat risks to athletes. But Kostman holds his race in the hottest place and season on purpose. “If you are holding what is considered one of the world’s toughest foot races, you can’t tiptoe around Mother Nature,” he says. In preparation for scorching sun and temperatures reaching up to 130 degrees, Badwater athletes follow a four-week sauna regimen (available at badwater.com), which allows their bodies to process heat, fluids and sweat more efficiently.

“However, you always have to be cautious in the heat and pay attention to your body, no matter how acclimated you think you are,” says Andrew Middleton, assistant coach with McMillan Running. According to Middleton, proper training and knowing your body’s abilities and signals are key.

Precautions to Keep You on Pace

If the heat really isn’t your thing, run in the morning (usually just before sunrise) for the coolest temperatures of the day. When possible, you can also seek out shady routes for relief from incessant sun. Dress in light-colored, synthetic clothing (to reflect the sun’s rays, wick and dry quickly), that fits loose enough to promote airflow. Moving air helps to evaporate sweat and thus maintain body temperature.

“Although counter intuitive, it’s important to cover up,” Kostman says. Skin is your body’s largest organ. Keep it covered to prevent excess absorption of the sun’s heat and to prevent sunburns. Not only is sunburn uncomfortable, it inhibits your body’s ability to properly sweat and cool. A runner with a loose-fitting shirt is best prepared for the heat. Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses allow you to make your own shade and provide protection. Plus, constant squinting in the bright sun can give you a headache. And when it’s just too hot to function, Burn’s go-to workout is running in the pool. “It’s a great way to sneak in some extra mileage and switch up your routine without overheating.”

Even with proper training and gear, the most important skill is listening to your body and knowing the danger signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat cramps and hyponatremia. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, are disoriented, have stopped sweating when you know you should be, have goose bumps in hot weather or your skin feels clammy, stop exercising, get out of the sun and seek medical attention.

Despite the challenges, running in hot weather is an important skill to hone. With an ever-ready water bottle, a few weeks to adjust, good common sense and general precautions, you can successfully continue with your fall marathon training program through the dog days of summer.


See the original article here by Allison Pattillo with Active.com