Staying Hydrated in the Summer Sun
It’s summer and the days are heating up, which means the risk of dehydration is increasing with the temperature. Drinking water is extremely important- staying hydrated helps the body maintain normal physical and cognitive functions as well as maintains normal thermoregulation. Being properly hydrated also helps the body remove waste and maintain a healthy blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolism. When the body is does not get enough fluid, or looses too much fluid, it becomes dehydrated.
The Human body is made of mainly water, which regulates many bodily functions. If the body is dehydrated, the effectiveness of those functions decreases and can cause major issues long term. Watch out for signs of dehydration: little to no urine, dark urine, dry mouth, extreme thirst, fatigue, headaches, dizziness and muscle cramps. These symptoms are indicators that the body needs more fluids, especially water. If these symptoms occur regularly, it is best to consult a doctor.
To ensure proper hydration, it is recommended that individuals drink 6-8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. It is also recommended to consume foods with high water content such as cucumber, celery, broccoli, tomatoes, and different kinds of fruit. Helpful tips to ensure adequate water consumption are setting a reminder to drink water on your cell phone, keeping water next to your bed to drink upon waking up, adding lemon/citrus fruit to water to improve the taste, and carrying a water bottle with you to sip on throughout the day.
Proper hydration Is very important especially in the summer months. Increased heat causes the body to lose fluid more quickly, which increases risk for dehydration. While enjoying the summer sun, make sure to stay hydrated to keep your body healthy.