Taking care of your health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Baylor College of Medicine experts have plenty of tips to help you stay healthy. This month’s Health Hint offers tips on staying hydrated this summer.
The rule of thumb is, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. So keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water, even before you begin an outdoor activity. People doing labor intensive activities, like running or heavy yard work, should drink a beverage with electrolytes to replenish the sodium that is lost through sweating. In addition, eat well-balanced meals and avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol to avoid dehydration. If any signs of dehydration occur, seek out shade or go indoors, and rehydrate. Signs of dehydration include:
- Excessive sweating
- Decreased urine output or darkly colored urine
Dr. Irvin Sulapas, assistant professor of family and community medicine