Not all Drinks are Cre­ated Equal

Modern Pioneer - - Hypothermia -

Re­cov­er­ing from hy­pother­mia takes time. It shouldn’t be rushed to speed up the process. Sip­ping cer­tain bev­er­ages, when in­structed by a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional, can be a step in the right di­rec­tion. But which ones? There are some ma­jor dos and don’ts when ad­min­is­ter­ing liq­uids to help a hy­pother­mia vic­tim.

AL­CO­HOLIC BEV­ER­AGES

The ben­e­fits of drink­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages is a myth that must be avoided when nurs­ing a hy­pother­mia vic­tim back to health. Even though liquor will feel warm when con­sumed as it trav­els down the throat, it ac­tu­ally pulls heat away from the body’s core and in­hibits the body from prop­erly warm­ing back up. Avoid al­co­hol un­til the per­son is fully re­cov­ered and ready to cel­e­brate their vic­tory.

WARM TEA

A warm tea bev­er­age will feel great to the hy­pother­mic vic­tim, but it won’t go far to help raise their core tem­per­a­ture. If the tea is sweet­ened with su­gar or honey, how­ever, the sim­ple car­bo­hy­drates will kick-start the body’s abil­ity to get warm, so it’s not a bad choice.

COF­FEE

A hot cof­fee sounds like a great way to warm a hy­pother­mic per­son, but be­ware. If the cof­fee is caf­feinated, it may act as a mild va­sodila­tor and draw blood from the ex­trem­i­ties, re­sult­ing in a some­what colder core, thus harm­ing, as op­posed to help­ing, the vic­tim.

SODA

Cold and caf­feinated? Not a good choice. Only the su­gars in the soda may be ben­e­fi­cial, but it’s not worth the trade­off of its over­whelm­ingly neg­a­tive ef­fects. Avoid it. HOT CHOCO­LATE

Even though the warm liq­uid will feel good to the vic­tim, the ac­tual heat from the bev­er­age won’t do very much good to warm up their core tem­per­a­ture (the quan­tity is far too lit­tle). How­ever, the sim­ple su­gars in the hot choco­late will be­gin to get the pa­tient’s in­ter­nal fur­nace ig­nited again and start the warm­ing process.

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