It’s the middle of summer and it can get real hot! You might be spending a lot more time outside, and we want to remind you to stay hydrated! Being out in the sun can dehydrate you and so it's important to recognize what dehydration looks like and how to best stay hydrated.
How much water should I drink a day?
Elderly people can more easily get dehydrated and they should be more careful. Staying hydrated has many benefits. It helps with heart health, energy levels, and the immune system.
How much water should I drink a day? Adults should be drinking half a gallon, or 8 glasses, of water a day, but more if it is particularly hot or if they have been exercising. Some people with conditions like heart failure may have fluid restrictions and they should follow doctor-recommended fluid intake.
What are some tips for staying hydrated?
• Do not wait to drink until you’re thirsty. If you’re thirsty you are already dehydrated.
• Flavor your water with fruit. Avoid juices, sodas, and other drinks with a lot of sugar.
• Eat water-rich fruits and vegetables (watermelon, strawberries, peaches, pineapples, cucumbers, leafy greens, celery, zucchini, tomatoes)
• Stay indoors when it is really hot
What are some symptoms of dehydration?
• Darker urine
• Muscle cramps
• Fever or chills
• Craving sweets
• Dry mouth/skin
• Fast heartbeat
You can stop by Moose Pharmacy for a refreshing bottle of water or if you have any questions for our pharmacists about how to best stay hydrated! Happy summer!