With much of Europe facing record levels of heat right now it feels like a good time to remind all my trans, nonbinary, and GNC friends:

If you take estrogen you are more sensitive to heat and more prone to heatstroke.

If you also take an SSRI like Citalopram or Sertraline you are even *more * sensitive.

Stay cool and safe, but do NOT stop taking your meds!


@LaCrecerelle Also important to keep electrolytes up - Gatorade isn't necessarily the best (but if it's all you can get it'll do) and a lot of pharmacy rehydration stuff is expensive, but there's quite a few sport brands who do good, low-cost rehydration powders (SOS Rehydrate and Skratch Labs are my two go-tos as they're not fizzy so they're much easier to mix up ahead of time and easier to drink too). In a real pinch, there are some guides online on how to mix up a rehydration solution using salt, sugar and fruit juices, but they're not ideal compared to proper rehydration solutions.

Granted, you can still go down from heatstroke even if you're well-hydrated if you just get too hot, but being hydrated and keeping your electrolyte balance right does help.

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@dartigen We're so unprepared for the heat here that none of those things are commercially available. Stores haven't ever had the need to stock rehydration solutions. Some pharmacies have stock but have all sold out and close on weekends.

@LaCrecerelle Sports shops, maybe? They can be overpriced though. Anywhere that carries stuff for runners and cyclists should have something for rehydration even in a cooler climate, though there might be a rush on that stuff.

I do agree though, stores not being able to restock and not having enough time for individuals (or stores even) to order in anything close really doesn't help. The good brands of the powders come in packaging that should last for stocking up ahead of time (Skratch Labs is so far the best I've bought on that front) but that doesn't help people right now.

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