With the temperatures warming up across the country, we at Orthopaedic Specialty Group want to take the time to remind everyone about the importance of proper hydration.
Dehydration is responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospital visits every year, and is most prevalent during the summer months. In fact, some experts estimate that up to three-quarters of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
Many cases of dehydration come as a result of physical activity, but it can affect you whether you are an athlete or not. Follow these tips to keep yourself hydrated in even the most extreme weather conditions.
Know the symptoms. Become familiar with these signs so you know when you need to rehydrate. Typical symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, fatigue, headache, dry skin, and – in severe cases – disorientation and unconsciousness.
Assess your urine. The color of your urine is the best way to gauge how hydrated you are. Ideally, you will want your pee to be very light yellow and transparent. If you have a cloudy, dark yellow or even amber color, this is a surefire sign you need to drink more.
Keep water readily available. The best way to drink more water is by making sure it is readily accessible to you. Always keep a full bottle at your desk, and make it a priority to take a sip every few minutes. You will be hydrated before you know it!
Hydrate through food. Believe it or not, you can consume a significant amount of water just by eating the right foods. Produce such as lettuce, cucumbers, and (not so surprisingly) watermelon are all comprised mostly of water and can actually help you hydrate as you eat them.
Looking for more tips to help you prevent dehydration? Check out this article from Web MD.
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