A nice, cool drink of water can be your best friend in the summer and help you prevent heat-related illnesses. Extreme heat can lead to dangerous health problems, especially for infants, children, and the elderly. One of the best ways to combat the summer heat is to stay properly hydrated.
Why You Should Stay Hydrated
Simply enough, hydration can help you avoid heat stroke and other debilitating heat-related illnesses. These illnesses occur when your body can’t control its own temperature, leading to overheating, nausea, and other symptoms. Regular hydration can help your body keep overheating in check.
Not only does water have a cooling effect on your body, it can also help out your heart. Proper hydration helps your body stay regulated and makes it easier for your heart to pump blood. That means that your heart doesn’t have to work harder when your body is already taxed by the summer heat.
What You Should Drink to Stay Hydrated
A good glass of water is the best – and simplest – way to keep cool. You also shouldn’t wait until your thirsty to drink. Drink water regularly in the summer to stay cool. It’s better to stay ahead of heat stroke and other illnesses instead of waiting to hydrate when you don’t feel well.
Not every drink will help protect you against the heat, however. Drinks with large amounts of sugar and alcohol can actually make your body lose more body fluid and cause problems. Sports drinks are also tricky in the summer. While they have electrolytes that can help people during workouts, the added sugars can make water a safer alternative.
Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
Proper hydration can help keep you cool this summer. However, if you or anyone you know starts to show signs of heat stroke or overheating, you need to take action. If you’re outside, find a shady area where you can immediately start hydrating. A cool shower or bath can also help your body cool down. Also, make sure to get medical assistance right away.
Proper hydration can help give you a boost this summer. Give us a call at 888-428-8895 or contact Westshore online to make an appointment with one of our Cleveland family practice physicians today and learn more about proper hydration and other ways to stay healthy this summer.
Thomas Wagner, D.O.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.