Summertime is a much-anticipated season,
especially for those of us who enjoy getting outside and staying as active as
possible. Despite its “lazy days” reputation, summertime can prove strenuous.
Increased activities and chances to embark on summer adventures can take their
toll, if not properly planned for, in advance. The result is dehydration, which
can be easily avoided by bearing the following tips in mind…
Here’s the Deal with Dehydration
Just like the ocean, dehydration comes in waves. The first one is
mild and easy enough to identify: it's the effect of being thirsty. That's
right, as soon as you are thirsty you are mildly dehydrated.
The second wave is moderate, and in some cases
the effects of moderate dehydration can be reversed by orally taking in fluids.
In a moderately dehydrated state, your symptoms are more severe. But how severe
do they need to be before you are actually considered to be suffering from a
severe state of dehydration?
Simply put, your body starts to shut down and
you will need attention from a medical professional. In most cases a patient
experiencing severe dehydration will be put on intravenous fluids and kept for
observation until they are rehydrated to a healthy level.
Summer may bring on the thirst faster, however
you can become dehydrated any time of year and through any weather condition!
Some common causes of dehydration include excessive heat
exposure, prolonged physical activity, and illness -- all of which can result
in an overall lack of fluids. Most of these can be resolved by taking some time
in the shade with an ice cold glass of water!
Water can solve it all!
we know some facts, what does dehydration actually look like?
There are many symptoms that can result from dehydration and
they range from mild to severe; for example, cramps, exhaustion, kidney
problems, seizures, or loss of consciousness are linked as potential signs of
dehydration. Even bad breath can be a hint that your body needs proper
You Know You’re Dehydrated if You Feel…
this, a diligent worker is 5 hours into their job. At this point, no matter if
the job requires walking around, or sitting at a desk, the person is bound to
be thirsty. It’s fair to say that if
you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
affects everyone from desk jockeys to top athletes -- (Yes, You!) Need a Race Hydration Plan.
Keeping a water bottle handy -- at your
desk, in the car, on the treadmill, wherever -- might help you remember to take
sips regularly before you feel the actual need to do so. For those of you who
struggle to sip because of water’s tasteless nature, try infusing yours with
fresh fruit or even a few drops of lemon juice.
When we are tired, the first thought may
not be to reach for water. However, maybe it should be. Picture this: you are
in a class, seminar or workshop, struggling to pay attention due to your fatigue. We have all been there and know
that terrible feeling of fighting to keep your eyes open. The solution may be
as simple as taking a few swigs of cool water.
Dryness of the mouth,
commonly dubbed “cottonmouth,” is uncomfortable. What separates dryness from
thirst is that with dryness, some people will also experience dryness of the
eyes as well. This is more common in children but is still a good sign to look
You may experience dryness when you wake
up, after strenuous activities, or after an extended amount of time speaking.
Take this feeling seriously in order to end the dehydration and replenish what
your body is looking for!
that we know the tells, what is the best way to fight dehydration?
The Best Hints to Stay Hydrated
Your best defense against dehydration is
to hydrate early and often. In other words, don’t wait until you're thirsty to
reach for your water bottle. Keep hydration close at hand so the awful dry
feeling stays far from you!
Other ways to win the battle AND the war
is to eat water rich foods such as cucumbers, watermelon, and strawberries.
These three standout; however, many fruits and vegetables have a high water
Another tip is to stay indoors or seek
shade between the hours of 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest.
Those UV rays can increase your chances of feeling sluggish and
Here at IonLoop, we want you to stay
safe in all your activities and that means staying hydrated. It also means
protecting yourself against the harmful effects of positive ions. Our ionic
bracelets and magnetic bracelets can help shield you against the sun’s UV rays,
while providing you with a steady source of negative ions.