Water is the single most important thing you consume every day—it helps to regulate your body temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. In other words, without water, your body cannot function. During the summer, your body is prone to losing too much water, which causes dehydration. There are certain factors that can increase your risk for dehydration, including:
1. Vigorous Activity
Active individuals lose water faster because the body heats up when it is moving, which causes increased sweat production. When you are participating in sports or outdoor activities, you should drink plenty of water beforehand and take water breaks as needed. Rehydrate after the activity with water and juice or a piece of fruit, which will help replenish valuable electrolytes that regulate water absorption. If possible, you should avoid exercise and physical activity outside during the hottest part of the day in the late afternoon.
When you get older, your body might lose more water than it takes in each day. Moreover, older individuals often become dehydrated without feeling thirsty at all. If you are 65 or older, you should monitor your water consumption carefully and drink at least 64 ounces of water per day, even if you do not feel thirsty.
If you come down with a cold or flu during the summer, you will need to drink even more water than usual, as the body has poor fluid regulation when it is sick. Elderly individuals and children are at the highest risk for dehydration.
For more health tips to keep you well this summer and emergency care when you need it most, contact Highland Park Emergency Center in Dallas at (214) 396-4550. We are a unique type of emergency care facility, designed to address your most time-sensitive medical situations as quickly as possible.