Keep hydrated this summer!

5/01/2010

We all know that we should be drinking at least eight glasses of water to keep our bodies properly hydrated, but that seems like an awful lot of H20 and involves quite a few trips to the fridge – and the bathroom!

 

WaterDrinking enough is vital to our health, though, so it’s important to make the effort and avoid the problems that can be associated with dehydration, especially in the hot summer months...

Our bodies consist of roughly 60% water, so it’s no surprise that making sure this level is kept topped up is extremely important to our general health. It’s of course best to make sure that we keep hydrated before we start to notice the symptoms of heat distress. The earliest signs of dehydration include profuse sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps, but this is just the start. Ignore these and you could be lining yourself up for the more serious symptoms, such as headache, dizziness and light-headedness and even nausea and vomiting, which are often accompanied by dark urine and cool, moist skin.
 
Dehydrate further and you’re into heatstroke territory. Problems here include a fever (a temperature above 104F), irrational behaviour, extreme confusion, unconsciousness and even seizures.

So take the eight-glasses-a-day rule seriously and make sure your body gets all the water it needs this summer
 


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