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    Flying In The Summer Heat

    BE CAREFUL FLYING IN THE HEAT! Most of us who fly in the summer heat bring bottled water or soda to refresh ourselves from the heat. Water alone is not enough. Your body not only loses fluids and when active in the extreme heat but also vital minerals. To replace what you are losing you need some type of sports drink like Gatorade which not only replaces lost fluids but the minerals lost in the heat.

    In early summer of 1965, a University of Florida assistant coach sat down with a team of university physicians and asked them to determine why so many of his players were being affected by heat and heat related illnesses.
    The researchers — Dr. Robert Cade, Dr. Dana Shires, Dr. H. James Free and Dr. Alejandro de Quesada — soon discovered two key factors that were causing the Gator players to ‘wilt’: the fluids and electrolytes the players lost through sweat were not being replaced, and the large amounts of carbohydrates the players’ bodies used for energy were not being replenished.
    The researchers then took their findings into the lab, and scientifically formulated a new, precisely balanced carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage that would adequately replace the key components lost by Gator players through sweating and exercise.

    Furthering the science of victory
    Two decades after Dr. Cade and his team worked diligently to develop the optimum hydration formula that would become Gatorade, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute was founded in Barrington, Illinois, to conduct scientific research in the areas of exercise science, hydration, and sport nutrition. Three years later, the lab would be expanded to provide advanced testing for athletes and new Gatorade products and flavors and develop education materials for sports health professionals around the world. Gatorade is now also the official sports drink of the NBA, AVP, and PGA, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and numerous other elite and professional organizations and teams.

    Hydration at 180 mph
    In 2001, after determining that professional race car drivers were not staying adequately hydrated throughout the course of their races, Gatorade and GSSI begin working with auto racing organizations to develop a hydration tool that could withstand 130-degree temperatures and keep drivers hydrated safely throughout the course of a race. The result of their research was the development of GIDS, the Gatorade In-Car Drinking System, which is now considered an essential piece of racing equipment.

    This is not meant to be an advertisement for Gatorade but a caution for radio controllers who spend long periods in the sun and heat of the south. Please be mindful of your body, heat stroke and heat exhaustion can sneak up on you before you realize it. Make sure when you go out flying that your cooler not only has plenty of water but also some sort of sports drink to replace those vital electrolytes.

    Al Larson
    Last edited by merlin417; 07-24-2012 at 06:53 PM.

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