How To Prevent Dehydration In Hot Weather

Dehydration is a lack of water in the body, which disturbs the careful balance of minerals. This can be caused by many things, such as not drinking enough water, sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea.

Left unchecked, dehydration can be serious so it is important you know the symptoms and signs so you can take action quickly.

leaving you:
 headaches
 muscle aches, cramps, and pains
 diarrhoea and vomiting
 fatigue, confused, unbalanced
 frustrated and annoyed for no reason
 excessive sweating, fever, tired
 slow brain cognition, slurred speech

The most common signs that you could be suffering from dehydration are:

Thirst (a dry or sticky mouth). This may seem obvious, but when you’re thirsty, it’s a sign that you’re already starting to dehydrate.

Not urinating much or darker yellow urine

Dry, cool, shrivelled skin, or sunken eyes

Headache

Tiredness, irritability or confusion

Dizziness or light-headedness

Rapid heartbeat and/or breathing.

 What causes dehydration and how to prevent dehydration in hot weather

Dehydration is often caused by simply not drinking enough water, sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea.

Certain people are more vulnerable to dehydration, and a number of factors contribute towards this, including:

 Body size
Children and infants are more prone to dehydration.

⚅ Age
As you get older your body isn’t as efficient at conserving water and responding to changes in temperature. You also become less aware of thirst. Elderly people may simply forget to eat or drink entirely and may need to be reminded.

 Medications
Certain medications, such as diuretics and some blood pressure medicines, can increase your risk of dehydration because they make you urinate or sweat more than normal.

 Illness
People with diabetes, kidney disease, dementia and heart failure are particularly vulnerable and should pay deliberate attention to staying hydrated. It’s especially important to drink more fluids when you have a fever or diarrhoea.

 Exercise
The longer you exercise and the more intensive the exercise the more water you will need to replace that lost by sweating.

 Heat
When it’s hot and humid, you sweat more. Without enough fluids, you can’t sweat enough to cool your body. The risks can vary from mild heat cramps or exhaustion, to potentially life-threatening heatstroke.

 How to prevent dehydration in hot weather?

Drinking water regularly through the day is the best way to prevent dehydration in hot weather.

All drinks count towards your daily fluid intake, although you should try to avoid alcohol and caffeine as both are diuretics (you’ll be going to the toilet more and losing water from your body).

Most vegetables, fruits and soups also have a net gain of water.

yes,

you might end up pissing like a race horse.

but rather that than any of the side effects listed above.

have a wicked day

keep rocking

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