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Proper Hydration – Summer Care Edition

With the temperatures constantly rising so does our need for hydration. Learn more about hydration before spending time outdoors this summer. What happens if I become dehydrated? What is proper hydration and how easy it can be to remember to stay hydrated?

Dehydration:

According to the Mayo Clinic, dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don’t replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated.

 The most common cause of dehydration in young children is severe diarrhea and vomiting. Older adults naturally have a lower volume of water in their bodies, and may have conditions or take medications that increase the risk of dehydration.

This means that even minor illnesses, such as infections affecting the lungs or bladder, can result in dehydration in older adults.

Dehydration also can occur in any age group if you don’t drink enough water during hot weather — especially if you are exercising vigorously.

You can usually reverse mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, but severe dehydration needs immediate medical treatment.

Proper Hydration:

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The adequate intake for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.

This amount can seem like a lot but remember there is water in almost every food and beverage we intake that adds to our total daily volume.

water bottle hydration

Remembering to hydrate:

There are several tools available to remember to drink or eat an adequate amount of fluids.

One of the easiest is a new water bottle that connects to your smartphone to remind you to drink water. Here it is on Amazon. This is a little expensive though.

Another option is this bottle from Overstock which is really functional and affordable.

Bring snacks along with you that are water rich such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and oranges and this will also help you stay hydrated.

Stay safe and hydrated during these brutal summer days. For more information check out this page about a common outdoor activity.

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