Summer Hydration: Drink Up!
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., ACCESS Media Relations Specialist
June 21, 2016
It's always important to hydrate, but it's even more necessary in the summer. "Heat and humidity increase the risk of dehydration," explains Access Community Health Network Regional Medical Director Charles Barron, M.D. "As a health care provider, I always encourage my patients to drink extra water in the summer. It helps lower their body temperatures and replaces the fluids that are lost through sweating."
Symptoms of dehydration:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Dark urine
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Dehydration risk factors:
- Age: young children and the elderly are at an increased risk of dehydration.
- Chronic illness: diabetes, kidney disease and heart failure increase the chances of dehydration.
- Common sickness: colds, sore throats and fevers can cause dehydration.
- Exercise: excessive sweating can cause the body to lose fluids quickly, resulting in dehydration.
Summer dehydration prevention tips:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially in intense heat and/or while exercising.
- Stop exercising if you begin to feel light-headed or dizzy.
- Eat foods that are high in water, such as fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Sip on a sports drink.
During the summer, dehydration can be very serious, even life-threatening. If you suspect that you or a loved one is severely dehydrated, call 911 immediately.