As summer temperatures heat up, our bodies may sweat more, and exposure to the dangers of the sun can increase. These factors can lead to dehydration, and put some at risk for developing serious health complications such as kidney stones, seizures, or heat stroke.
One of the best ways to avoid dehydration is drinking enough water.
In addition to drinking your daily recommended amount of water, there are a few tips you can follow to prevent dehydration. These include:
- Staying out of the sun as much as possible, especially during peak hours of sunlight (typically, between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
- Eating fruits and vegetables with a high concentration of water such as celery, cucumbers, and watermelon
- Drinking liquids before you begin to feel thirsty
- Avoiding or minimizing drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee or tea
- Avoiding or minimizing alcohol consumption
Dehydration should not be taken lightly, because not only is your body losing water, it is also losing electrolytes and minerals that help organs to function well. Therefore, it is important that you stay hydrated during the summer and avoid complications to your health.
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