Stay Hydrated This Summer!

By: Chelsea Couch

Texas summers bring high temperatures and make staying hydrated important for Texans of all ages. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of dehydration, how to treat it and how to prevent it.

There are levels of dehydration from mild to severe. People experiencing mild dehydration may present some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

If someone suffers severe dehydration they will may exhibit symptoms listed above and also experience:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • In most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

Healthy adults can typically treat mild dehydration by drinking more fluids such as: water or sports drinks like Gatorate and Powerade. If someone exhibits signs of severe dehydration they should seek immediate medical care.

To prevent dehydration from occurring, drink plenty of fluids and eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables. If engaging in strenuous exercise or being outside in hot or humid weather it is important to begin the hydration process the day before to prevent dehydration. By getting proper hydration the day before the body is ready to perform the scheduled activities with fluids consumed that day being used to replenish the body’s fluid levels. Stay hydrated by:

  • Drink a glass of water first thing when waking
  • Eat foods high in water content such as: watermelon, celery, cucumbers, grapes and strawberries
  • Eat jello-o for dessert
  • Drink sports drinks when engaging in strenuous activity

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