This summer, many are looking forward to a lot of beach days and spending time outdoors. In hot weather, it’s very important to drink more water than usual. Dehydration occurs when the body doesn’t have enough fluid to function properly and the ramifications can be serious. Being properly hydrated makes certain an adequate supply of water will be available to transport nutrients to cells and flush out toxins. All human body systems depend on water to function. Which is why in the summer, when dehydration statistics soar with the temperature, it is paramount to stay hydrated.
Are you thirsty?
If the answer to that question is yes, then your body is already deficient by two cups of water or more. This is the reason why it’s essential to drink water before you get thirsty.
On a daily basis, it is quite normal to lose water throughout the normal course of a day. Sweating, crying, regular excretory bodily functions, and even breathing result in an ordinary loss of fluid in the body. When we are sick with a fever, vomiting, have diarrhea, and of course, experience excessive sweating due to athletic activity or an environment affected by temperature, we are at an elevated risk of dehydration. Although it varies with each individual, many studies recommend drinking a minimum of 8-12 glasses of water per day… more if you are sweating heavily.
Benefits of being hydrated
In addition to being vital for a person to function properly, being well hydrated also does wonders for other aspects of the body. In addition to being good for digestion and excretion, water will boost your energy and keep you full, so the tendency to overeat will be curbed. Intake of the proper amount of water will also boost your metabolism. Drinking a lot of water also reduces stress as brain tissue is approximately 85% water; so it stands to reason that if you are lacking enough fluid, both mind and body will be stressed and mental functions strained. As far as complexion is concerned, water flushes out impurities and improves circulation in the body which helps skin stay plump and radiant.
Headache, fatigue, and muscle cramps are signs that you are getting dehydrated. Other symptoms include general discomfort, loss of appetite, infrequent urination and dark colored urine. The only way to replace lost fluids is replacement, so if you are experiencing any symptoms of dehydration, get out of the sun right away and drink up.
If you vomit or have diarrhea, feel confused, weak, or dizzy, it is serious. Seek medical attention right away. We want you to have a safe and health summer, because at Family First, you’re family.