Winter season has come and gone, we are now facing the heat. It is not only about wearing summer clothes but also ones health should be put into consideration. Scientifically our bodies are made of 75% water. Therefore with this hot weather most people tend to suffer from dehydration. Something that can easily be avoided by taking plenty of fluids.
To start with, according to research “dehydration takes place when your body loses or uses more fluids than it takes in.” When this happens, your body is not able to function normally as it usually does for example one can start feeling body weakness or dizziness. It is said to be dangerous in older people and young children.
How to avoid dehydration
The best way to avoid dehydration is to drink plenty of fluids, especially if you are in a hot climate or when you are working in the sun.
One can also lose necessary fluids more quickly than normal when they have a high fever, diarrhea or even when one is throwing up. As one’s body loses fluids, it also loses electrolytes (these are minerals in your blood and body fluids that affect how your muscles and nerves work). When you lose electrolytes, you need to replace them by simply eating meat especially liver, vegetables and fruits.
How to prevent dehydration in babies and children
Children lose fluids and electrolytes just like adults do, so make sure your child has access to plenty of water and other fluids, especially if he or she is very physically active. Make sure your child eats plenty of fruits and vegetables as they contain lots of water.If your infant or young child is dehydrated, it is best to take him or her to the nearest health center for professional assistance.
Prevention for Older Adults
According to one Health Practitioner dehydration is said to be dangerous for older adults because their bodies store less water. Therefore remember:
*Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink.
*Make sure you’re drinking fluids all day whether you’re thirsty or not.
*Make sure water is within easy reach day and night.
*Have between 6 and 8 cups of fluids a day. If temperatures are high or if you have a fever, drink more.
*Do not skip meals. You get much of your fluids from regular meals.
*Drink water, fruit juices or milk, but avoid high-protein drinks and alcoholic beverages. They can dehydrate you.
*Eat a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables. They contain large amounts of water, salt, and vitamins and can help prevent dehydration.
Anyone who exercises, no matter their age, need to make sure that they get enough fluids by drinking a cup of water before exercising, during exercising and after exercising. If one’s body is producing plenty of light-coloured urine, that’s a good sign. Following the general rules for exercise will not only help one stay hydrated, but it will also keep one’s heart rate and body temperature from getting too high, and one’s performance will improve.
Remember the golden rule “Water is life”