It’s hot outside, so make sure you stay hydrated. Give the lawn a break, but don’t cut-back on yourself. Dehydration occurs when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. “Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe, based on how much of your body’s fluid is lost or not replaced. Severe dehydration is a life-threatening emergency says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty until you drink water. Stay one step ahead of the thirst and drink water throughout the day. Don’t rely exclusively on thirst to tell you when you need to grab something to drink. Sometimes thirst is not a reliable gauge, especially when you’re exercising, working outdoors or if you’re taking medications or have a health condition. Keep a water within reach — at your desk, in your car or in your bag — so that you’ll be reminded to drink.
Several studies show that active children consume more liquid when it’s flavored. Rather than giving your child a sugary drink, consider flavoring water with some lemon or strawberries. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables tend to have high water contents, which make them great options for helping you meet your hydration needs.
Keep water at moderate temperatures. You drink more fluid when it’s just the right temperature, not too hot and not too cold. Beware of energy drinks. Popular energy drinks are very different from sports drinks. They are full of caffeine and sugar, and can be dehydrating instead of thirst-quenching.
Keep Cool, Stay Hydrated and Don’t Forget the Pets!
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna