Beat the Summer Heat

Summer’s here! The time to hang by the pool, plan weekend getaways and enjoy the occasional sno-ball. We here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates want you to have a good time this summer, but we also want you to stay safe and healthy. 

According to a 1998 survey of 3,003 Americans, 75% were found to be chronically dehydrated. Americans in general drink an average of eight hydrating beverages per day, but this can be offset by a sodium rich diet, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol.

Dehydration is something that needs to be taken seriously. Here’s a few symptoms to be on the lookout for this summer:Image: Image: Image: Female athlete drinking water

  • Fatigue & lack of energy
  • Thirst
  • Foggy memory, irritability, etc.
  • Dry lips & tongue

When any of the above symptoms occur, one must take immediate action in order to avoid any heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat strokes. To prevent any of these symptoms or illnesses, here are some tips on how you can stay hydrated this summer:

  1. Drink H20
    • If your urine is yellow, you should drink more water. The clearer the urine, the more hydrated you are.
  2.  Juice is good too!
    • You’re not limited to just water! However, it must be all natural juice without any added sugar. Make sure to see a label that says “100% Juice with no sugar added”. If you see the label, you’re set.
  3. Stay out of the Sun
    • Avoid peak hours of sunlight. The best time to be inside and take a little breather is between 10 A.M and 2 P.M. Grab some food, drink some water, and let your body cool down.

It’s important to note that the thermometer doesn’t have to reach past 100 degrees in order for dehydration to be a risk. Symptoms of dehydration can pop up in any type of weather. No matter what the temperature is, always be sure to drink at least half a gallon of water each day to prevent the dangers of dehydration. Have fun this summer, and above all, stay safe.