With Summer well under way on the Central Coast, it is important for families to be cautious in the heat and to ensure everyone is kept well hydrated. See below some simple tips to follow to help prevent dehydration.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration is a condition that results when the body loses more water than it takes in. This imbalance disrupts the usual levels of salts and sugars present in the blood, which can interfere with the way the body functions.
Top tips to help avoid dehydration
Drink plenty of water- it may sound obvious, but many of us simply forget to drink enough water. Some experts suggest drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day. But remember fluid requirement varies from person to person depending on factors like height, weight, physical activity and the type of region you live in. Try taking a water bottle with you to help to make it an easy habit.
Loose the booze- alcohol consumption will increase the chance of dehydration
More active =more water- if you are exercising then you need to increase your H20 intake. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
Reduce caffeinated and sugary drinks- caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea or some soft drinks pull water from the body and promote dehydration. If you do have a cup of coffee or tea, follow it up with a glass of water.
Wear light, loose fitting clothes-Darker shades tend to absorb more heat causing you to sweat more, while tight fitting clothes prevents external cool down which is essential for your body to regulate temperature internally. So, choose lighter shades while going out in the sun. Wear loose fitting pants, preferably cotton.
Stay indoors when suitable- this is the best way to prevent dehydration. Direct exposure to the sun naturally causes you to sweat more. When you sweat more, you lose fluids from your body and become dehydrated. So, avoid going outside when the temperature reaches its peak on very hot days.
Who is most at risk?
The elderly, young children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and people with heart disease, high blood pressure or lung disease are most at risk, so please keep an extra watchful eye on your loved ones if they fall into these categories.
Dehydration is serious, if you have any concerns please seek medical advice. If you have any questions about hydration and your heath, our nurses and GPs are more than happy to assist.
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