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Keep Well Hydrated This Summer

Rising Temperature…Heat Wave…Climate Change

Meteorologists have been warning that we will be experiencing record high temperatures this summer. The young and the elderly are especially at risk of suffering a heat stroke or even dying if attention is not being paid to protecting them from the heat and ensuring they are getting enough fluids. Never leave infants in a motor vehicle with all the windows up not even for a few minutes. The temperature in the closed car rises quickly to as much as 10 degrees higher than the outside temperature.

Everyone is being cautioned to stay out of the sweltering heat and seek refuge indoor. For those who must be outdoors for extended periods they are urged to use sun blocks on the exposed areas, dress lightly, and drink adequate amounts of water. Here’s why we emphasize water.

Water is life

WaterWater keeps the body and by extension the organs, tissues, and cells alive and functioning optimally once adequate nutrients are also being delivered at the cellular level.

Have you wondered how much water does one really need to imbibe daily? The popular advice is 8 glasses. Well, I would like to revise my take on this and suggest that you keep well hydrated and so some will need more and others less.

You know you are well hydrated when you no longer feel thirsty and your protruded tongue is dripping saliva. Another great sign that you are adequately hydrated is when your urine is a pale straw color.

Signs of Dehydration

We are dehydrated when we feel:

  • thirsty
  • dryness of the mouth and lips
  • fatigue
  • listless
  • A  headache
  • Dizzy
  • Disoriented

You may observe that the urine is concentrated and has an intense yellow color (normal urine is straw color).

Tips to Keep Well Hydrated This Summer

  • Have a glass of water first thing in the morning. Warm water is helpful to relieve constipation.
  • Throughout the day sip water or flavored water from a 1 liter water bottle.
  • Enjoy fluids from other sources such as soups and broths
  • All types of teas including herbal teas are good throughout the day enjoyed hot or as iced tea.
  • Eat 3-5 servings of fruits. Good juicy choices are cantaloupe, melon, apples, and grapes
  • Go for a delicious salad with your favorite leafy vegetables, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and tomatoes

Throughout the day do the tongue test to assess if you are well hydrated. Have the water bottle on hand. Don the oversize sunglasses and ample amounts of sun block.  Step boldly into the summer holidays as I declare you are ready to take on.

Readers Bureau Contributor