Summer is prime time for outdoor sports, family vacations, barbecues, festivals, and long days in the sun. While you’re enjoying these activities and the warmer weather, it’s easy to get a little dehydrated. Most people don’t see it coming because they’re busy having fun and staying active. Unfortunately, the onset of dehydration can occur rapidly and can spiral out of control if not remedied quickly. To help you stay hydrated throughout the summer, read on.
The signs of dehydration are generalized symptoms and can often be confused with other ailments. Recognizing them and treating it with a glass of water is a simple first step. A few common signs of dehydration include:
Tips for Staying Hydrated this Summer
- Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of the day
Generally, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., the sun is at its hottest. Avoid working up a sweat outdoors during this time as you will lose fluids that much quicker through sweat.
- Always carry water with you
Even if you’re just popping out to run a couple of errands, you should carry some water. Summertime means hot weather, and even walking outside for a couple of minutes can work up a sweat. You’ll want to replace these fluids with fresh water.
- Don’t forget foods
Your food choices can account for around 20 percent of your daily fluid intake! Foods such as melon, tomatoes, and strawberries are naturally rich in water and contain all-important electrolytes. In addition, other fruit and vegetables can help to boost your hydration, including cucumber, bell pepper, broccoli, and berries.
- Ditch the diuretics
Diuretics promote dehydration, and most are full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Diuretics include coffee, caffeinated teas, soda, alcoholic beverages, and sugar-added fruit juices.
In serious cases of dehydration, consider receiving IV fluids. For your medical needs, visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care in Irvine and Stanton. We can help you with your IV hydration needs. Call us at (949) 536-7892 or visit us here to get started!