The Importance of Drinking Water in the Summer

The Importance of Drinking Water in the Summer
There are many summer activities that have us outside for extended periods.  With warmer temperatures, we should consider the additional water our bodies loose.  If you don’t replace the water you loose, you will become dehydrated.  Signs of dehydration include:
·       Dry, sticky mouth
·       Sleepiness or tiredness
·       Thirst
·       Decreased urine output
·       No wet diapers for 3 hours for infants
·       Urine is darker than usual
·       Few or no tears when crying
·       Dry skin
·       Headache
·       Confusion
·       Dizziness or feeling lightheadedness
Children and older adults are especially at risk for becoming dehydrated due to the way their body responds to hot temperatures.  It is important for everyone to prevent dehydration by drinking water throughout the day.  Do not wait until symptoms appear to start drinking water. 
It is difficult to recommend a specific amount of water you should drink every day because everyone is different.  The best way to know you are drinking enough water is by making sure your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow.
Make it a habit to carry a bottle of water with you at all times.  Find a way, such as setting an alarm on your phone, to remind you to drink your water regularly.  Eating fruits, vegetables, and drinking milk are also healthy ways to get more water!
 
References:
Mayo Clinic. (2014). Dehydration. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-
conditions/dehydration/basics/symptoms/con-20030056
Popkin, B. M., D’Anci, K. E., and Rosenberg, I. H. (2010). Water, hydration, and health. Nutrition
Review, 69(8), 439-458. doi:  10.1111/j.1753-4887.2010.00304.x

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