Summer is the best time for outdoor sports, family holidays, barbecues, festivals and long sunny days. Enjoying these activities under the intense heat of the sun is totally risky, for we’re all prone to dehydration. We might not know it, but we’re one step away from being dehydrated if we don’t take our health seriously at all times.
Staying hydrated can be a difficult task for many, especially for those who do not like water. It can be even more difficult in the heat of summer. Dehydration is one of the main reasons why people seek medical assistance during the summer months. So, what are the symptoms of dehydration?
Symptoms of Dehydration
There are many warning signs that you may be dehydrated, including:
• Dark urine, or little or no urine
• Dry mouth
• Extreme thirst
• A Headache
• Anxiety or confusion
• Vertigo or vertigo
• Lack of tears
If you start experiencing these symptoms, you are probably already dehydrated. Do not wait until these symptoms seem to hydrate your body. Instead, work to stay well hydrated to avoid these symptoms and other serious medical complications.
It can easily be avoided with a conscious effort to get enough to drink. Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to promote good health. Well, many things can be done to help reduce the chances of becoming dehydrated, but here are the best ways to stay hydrated during the intense heat of the summer sun.
Drink a lot of water
8 ounces Glasses of water a day is the general recommendation for adults; However, if you spend a lot of time outdoors working or practicing, you may need more. Never stop drinking water. It is recommended that people drink half their weight in ounces of water every day. This may seem like a lot of water. Drinking water helps the body absorb nutrients, helps control cravings and calories and can help muscles feel energized.
If you’re always out during the summer, try drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water. (If you weigh 200 pounds, try drinking 100 ounces of water a day). You should drink enough to urinate every two or four hours, and your urine is light colored.
Reach for a bottle of sports drink
For those who are not water lovers, sports drinks are a good option. Although some claim they are full of sugar, they are also full of electrolytes that energize the body to keep moving. Sports drinks are a much better option than non-alcoholic drinks or juices. With a variety of flavors available, you will surely find one that suits your tastes.
Carry a cup or a water bottle at all times
Do make any excuses when it comes to completely staying hydrated. One of the best things you can do is bring a bottle of water (or a cup) anywhere you may go. This can serve as a subtle reminder to drink. Water sources are found almost everywhere, this allows the bottle to be easily filled. With a plethora of types, styles and colors, it can be easy to find a bottle of water that meets your needs.
Try to avoid dehydrating drinks
Although they are liquid, alcohol and caffeine can lead to dehydration. If you’re thirsty, look for water instead of other dehydrated drinks. To make sure you drink enough water, drink 10 sips of water each time you need a drink.
Avoid having a dry mouth
Have you ever had the feeling of having a dry mouth? It can be super annoying sometimes. Dry mouth can be one of the first signs of dehydration. The best way to combat this feeling is to drink water. Making a point to take (at least) a sip of water every hour can help prevent dry mouth and increase hydration levels.
Consider other foods and drinks that hydrate
Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, broths and herbal infusions can contribute to the amount of water you receive each day. Foods like watermelon, oranges, tomatoes, celery, cucumber and lettuce also contain water and can help keep the body hydrated.
Keep your water reserve beside you, always
Keep a bottle of water with you all day. To reduce the cost, buy a reusable water bottle.
Put some flavors to your water
If you do not like the taste of natural water, try adding fresh sliced fruit such as lemon, lime or berries to your water.
Drink water with meals
Whether you’re eating at home or in a restaurant, drink at least one glass of water with each meal.
Drink before and after a workout
Before leaving for a workout, drink a glass of water. Drink as needed during training and again after you have finished training. To ensure you drink the right amount of water after a workout, weigh yourself before and after training and drink the amount of weight lost.
Dehydration can be hazardous to health but can be avoided. If you start to notice symptoms of dehydration, stop what you are doing and drink a glass of water. If the symptoms persist, consult a doctor immediately.