Stay Hydrated! Stay Healthy!
Fluids are necessary for keeping the vital organs active. “Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe, based on how much of your body’s fluid is lost or not replaced. Severe cases can lead to a hospital trip for IV fluids and could sometimes result in kidney damage or nervous system problems.” So, stay hydrated with these simple steps:
- Ensure to sip water steadily throughout the day and drink more fluids than usual when the weather is hot, especially if you’re active. Don’t wait till you’re thirsty to drink. By the time you feel thirsty, you might already be slightly dehydrated.
- Add flavor to your water to make it more interesting, you can add flavor with fresh fruits or a splash of fruit juice. You can also consume clear broths, ice pops, or sports drinks especially if you do intense exercise. Just make sure to limit caffeine and alcohol.
- Some fruits and vegetables contain plenty of water in addition to other healthy nutrients. Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, pineapples, cucumbers, leafy greens, celery, and tomatoes are examples of fruits and vegetables that have high water content.
- Be aware of the signs of dehydration. If anyone in your family is ill, pay attention to how much they’re able to drink — especially young children and the elderly. Anyone with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea should drink plenty of fluids. Do not wait for signs of dehydration to appear.
Benefits of drinking water