The past week has been one hot week across the country. Morning, afternoon and evening time is marked by temperature levels that make it extremely difficult to keep one’s clothes on, no doubt. Any major common health concern during this period would lie in the path of staying hydrated. Let’s avail ourselves of the opportunity to go over these general tips once again.
Most certainly, we’d be needing the services of nature’s most important nutrient even more than ever. It’s none other than the precious liquid, water. It’s nothing different from what you’ve heard before. All you need do is take more than usual. Amongst a variety of functions water serves, one we have so much interest in pertaining to this situation is its maintenance of body temperature. The reason why you’ll appear to thirst more is because you lose more water in form of sweat and expiratory breath. The idea is to balance losses with gains hence the need to drink more. You don’t need to feel thirst before you drink. Actually, the thirsty feeling especially when it’s that kind where your throat feels parched and you can barely think of anything else points to dehydration which is capable of causing unwanted damage, I not taken care of early.
It’d also be a good idea to monitor your losses during this period. How do we lose water? Urine and sweat! To some extent, stool, breaths may also contribute. Your urine is usually a wonderful indicator of the need to rehydrate yourself. Clear urine is usually the best. It signifies optimum hydration and you can barely do better than this. When urine begins to turn deep yellow that it visibly stains the water closet then you need to really get more water in. It’s your kidneys telling you ‘I have little water to work with so I’m letting out the part I can’. As for sweat, it’s normal to sweat more than usual in this period. It’s simply your body telling you it could do better with some cool atmosphere. It’s actually the evaporation of sweat from your skin that cools you, not the production of sweat itself. Anyway, more sweating should only mean one thing for you, and that is more water!
If you take alcohol, then this might be a good time to quit totally or reduce intake. A cold beer is actually going to make you even more dehydrated. The same could go for cold soft drinks. Why? The sugar content in these drinks are not for the body to keep. When you take in these drinks, the kidneys have to excrete the excess sugar in urine. Excretion of sugar draws more water than usual from the body (osmotic diuresis). That chilled bottle of coke might actually not be your plug for hydration. The same goes for coffee or tea. Both cause increased urine production hence more dehydration. Water is your best bet for hydration!