Summer, the season we anticipate after the grueling cold months, is finally here! It’s packed with fun, sun, and a whole lot of heat. And with warm weather comes the return of outdoor activities. However, with the extended time spent outdoors, our hydration can be compromised. Heat exposure is enough to cause dehydration, even without being directly in the sun. If you’re outside and playing basketball in a well-shaded court, you might assume you’re safe from dehydration. Heat and humidity, regardless of sunlight, can cause your body to sweat. Every time you sweat, you’re losing water and electrolytes–which leads to dehydration.
Why should you care about being dehydrated?
According to Healthline, “When too much water is lost from the body, its organs, cells, and tissues fail to function as they should, which can lead to dangerous complications. If dehydration isn’t corrected immediately, it could cause shock.”
Personally, as someone who has fainted from dehydration in the past, I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping hydrated. The danger of fainting can also lead to head and bodily injury–take it from someone that has suffered a concussion at the hands of fainting from dehydration. Losing consciousness because of loss of water and electrolytes from the body is an experience I don’t want anyone to have to go through–especially because it’s preventable.
What are the signs of dehydration?
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be dehydrated: fatigue, sticky/dry mouth, increased thirst, decreased urination, dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, irritability.
So–how do you keep yourself hydrated through the summer heat?
- Eat foods high in water content. This includes fruits and vegetables, such as cucumbers, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, watermelon, and more!
- Try flavored ice. Create your own freezer pops made of electrolytes with Hydralyte. Keep cool, stay hydrated, and have fun!
- Make time to cool down. If you are especially susceptible to dehydration, make sure to seek the shade and go indoors when you can.
- Use an oral rehydration solution. As someone that has fallen victim to the downsides of dehydration, my doctors always mentioned I needed not just water, but an ORS with electrolytes. My favorite one that works faster than water to rehydrate me, is Hydralyte.
How is Hydralyte better for dehydration than water?
Water alone won’t replenish the electrolytes your body needs to stay hydrated, which is important for nerve and muscle function. Hydralyte, however, is scientifically formulated with the right ratio of glucose and electrolytes to rehydrate you faster than water alone. Hydralyte’s advanced rehydration formula allows fluids to enter the bloodstream quickly–much faster than water.
Don’t get dehydrated–hydrate better with Hydralyte.
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