High Temperatures and Dehydration
A long spell of hot summer weather can take its toll on most of us, as it saps away the moisture from our bodies. For those of us who are ageing or disabled hot weather could be deadly, especially if we are relying on others to give us drinks.
In such weather we need to drink more water than the usual recommendation of 6-8 standard glasses a day.
Why is dehydration a problem? Our bodies are 60% water and it is used in:
Our bodies are continuously losing moisture though:
We may lose fluids for other reasons such as:
Dehydration can occur quickly in hot or humid temperature as our body sweats more to try and cool our bodies down.
Here are some early signs of dehydration:
If any of these signs are present in you or anyone you’re looking after, the first simple solution is to drink more fluids. If this isn’t making things better seek medical help.'
How do you know whether you, or those you are caring for, are dehydrated?
You or they may feel thirsty or hungry, however the best sign is urinating less frequently, with very dark urine.
Remember dehydration is life threatening, so if you have any of the signs mentioned, ensure you drink more water than you would normally do.
If you need more advice on how to keep hydrated just contact us at Therapy Professionals our friendly dietitians can help.
Phone (03) 3775280,