We need to have a plan to stay healthy and hydrated during the coming summer. Temperature during summer is known to rise but this days it’s spiking to the 90s already in different place, causing many effects on the body such as dehydration that can be dangerous.
Numerous studies have shown that most percentage of the population don’t hydrate their body taking fluids daily resulting in chronic dehydration.
This condition can be held accountable for many illnesses such as; constipation, weight gain, kidney stones, blood pressure, liver problems, muscle damage, premature aging etc.
We can sometimes fail to recognize the symptoms and signs of dehydration, which we need to catch as early as possible before it brings chronic problems on our health. Some of the symptoms and signs include: muscle cramps, headache, increased thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, sleepiness, decreased and dark colored urine, dizziness, dry skin etc.
The reason why we are dehydrated in hot seasons is because we lose plenty of fluid through sweating while carrying out different activities during the day. So we regularly need to rehydrate anytime we are in the outdoors and we are playing or working.
Most of us walk around dehydrated since our brain is not that good when it comes to differentiating between hunger and thirst. Keeping the above mentioned signs of dehydrations in mind can help avoid moderate and severe dehydration. Even though there are some unusual signs of dehydration we might miss to notice such as fevers and chills, craving something sweet and salty, and bad breath due to reduced amount of saliva production causing growth of bacteria, this are some of the unusual signs we might mistake for other symptoms.
Dietitians mention how much water plays a major role in our body starting from controlling our body’s temperature all the way to helping lubricating our joints and removing waste from our body. So drink water is not something optional in our day to day. The recommended amount of water to drink per day is 8 glasses even though some people might even need more than just 8 glasses as a result of living in warm and hot areas, pregnant and breastfeeding women and also people involved in intense outdoor exercise and sports such as athletes.
These are some suggestions that help get rid of dehydration:
- Regularly carrying refillable water bottles where ever you go with you every time.
- Keeping a glass of water close to you when you are at home and taking a few sips at an interval.
- Competing with your siblings or other family members to see who can drink eight glasses of water and more a day.
- Eating plenty of hydrating foods. And also making sure that you are not replacing water with alcohol or fruit drinks. But there is also an option to eat green salads, watermelons, pineapples, cantaloupe, and blueberries and some healthy veggies like carrots, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.
So with this suggestions you can stay hydrated with out a worry of dehydration, and enjoy the hot seasons staying healthy, keeping your focus on the signs and symptoms that were explained above to avoid serious danger on your health.