Things To Know About Dehydration In Hot Weather
Heat and humidity are returning to the forecast today...with 80 degrees temps for the rest of the week...
With that in mind, dehydration could pose a real problem during the hot summer months...and it can creep up on you...
- There's more to dehydration than just thirst. Other common symptoms include headaches, muscle cramps, and dark-colored urine.
- Even after spending time outside on a hot day, dehydration can happen hours or days later which makes it important to hydrate the days before and after.
- Summer heat is a big factor in people becoming dehydrated, but humidity also plays a role. When it's muggy outside you might sweat more, leading to a loss of fluids.
- The general rule to follow on how much to drink is eight 8-ounce glasses per day. But everybody's different, depending on weight, activity, and how much coffee and alcohol you drink.
- Remember you need a mix of water AND electrolytes to stay hydrated, which you can get from sports drinks, coconut water, dairy, or the salt in your food.
Alison Harris, a nurse for on-demand healthcare provider DispatchHealth tell us...
“Make sure you’re listening to your body,” Harris said. “Make sure you’re not afraid to get help.”