Dehydration occurs when the amount of fluid leaving the body is more than the amount being taken in. During summer, the weather is dry and the sun is out for longer periods, so we tend to sweat more frequently. If this loss of water isn’t accounted for by regular fluid intake then dehydration can occur. This alters the electrolyte level in the body and even low levels of dehydration can lead to headaches, lethargy, and constipation. Here are ways you and your family can stay hydrated this summer and avoid all the undesirable symptoms that come with getting dehydrated.
Remember To Drink Water
The human body is made up of about 75% water at any given time. If this level drops below a certain point, you may experience symptoms like dizziness, light-headedness and nausea. When this happens, ensure you sit down, rest and reach for a glass of water. It is recommended to consume at least 5 cups or bottles of water a day, and maybe more on hot summer days.
Remind Children To Drink Fluids
If you have kids, you know they like to run around and play outside with their friends during summer, and sometimes they forget to drink water. Ensure they’re staying hydrated, try keeping things fun. Offer them different variations of fluids like lime water, lemonade and juices. You can take it a step further by tracking their daily water consumption on an app.
Exercise with Caution During The Summer
Exercise is great but do not overdo it. Working out makes you sweat, and you lose both water and electrolytes. Rigorous exercise on a hot summer day increases the amount of sweat you produce and hence water loss. The general rule of thumb here is, that the more prolonged the exercise the more liquid that needs to be replaced. Proper hydration is important during exercise apart from controlling the water balance in your body, it can also boost your overall performance.
Increase Your Fruit and Vegetable Intake
Fruits and vegetables like oranges, pineapple, cucumbers and watermelon have high water content. Make sure you’re consuming these regularly in your diet especially during summer to compensate for water loss. A popular misconception is that the recommended 8 glasses only have to come from water. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you like fruit and vegetables, do not be afraid to eat them more frequently in the Summer months.
Dehydration Prevention Services in Boston, MA & Salem, NH: IV League Med Spa
We understand your body needs fluids to maintain its regular function and sometimes it can get hard to track your water consumption, especially when you need it the most, during summer. At IV League Hydration, we can provide dehydration prevention service treatments. We offer a variety of different services. See what works for you and contact us to get started!