It is the peak of summer & it is hot outside! I know most of us can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. However, you must be aware of dehydrating in this heat! Did you know our bodies consist of 60% water? More than half of us is made up of liquids. Our bodies are constantly using liquids & we have to remember to always replenish ourselves.

What is dehydration exactly?

 Dehydration occurs when we lose more fluids than we can put back into our bodies. There are many ways to become dehydrated, you don’t just have to be laying out in the sun. If you are doing any type of strenuous activity most likely your body is losing liquids. Even while using the bathroom your body is losing liquid. Our bodies use up our liquids every day & that is why it is extremely important to listen to your own body.

Dangers of dehydration

Some symptoms of being dehydrated include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Bloated stomach
  • Low blood pressure
  • sunken eyes (in kids)
  • fast/weak pulse

If these symptoms go ignored they can lead to :

  • Heart failure
  • Convulsions
  • loss of consciousness
  • Death

How to prevent dehydration

Fortunately, dehydration is very simple to cure! Think ahead about what your plans are going to consist of throughout the day. If you are going somewhere with no drinkable water sources like a mountain hike or a boat, make sure to bring a couple bottles of water. Always listen to your body, if you feel like you need to drink water its because your body needs it! If you or anyone you know is suffering from severe dehydration bing them don to AFC Urgent Care now! We know how to treat dehydration & get you back on your feet in no time!