One of the best ways to stay healthy is to stay hydrated. In fact, it’s vital during the summer months when our bodies need more fluids to counteract the warmer temperatures and higher humidity.
“In addition to helping the body function properly, water helps regulate body temperature and flush out waste. But most people do not drink enough water. Without sufficient water in your body, your cells get congested, your skin can’t detox, and your bladder and kidneys can’t work properly,” explains Melly Goodell, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
“Good hydration is especially important if you are active or exercising in the heat. During hot and humid weather, the risk of dehydration and heat-related illnesses, including cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, is higher. In severe cases, dehydration can be life-threatening. You need to consume water to replace the fluids lost during physical activity,” she adds.
Whether you’re an avid athlete or just enjoy getting out during the summer months, Dr. Goodell offers these general suggestions to ensure you stay hydrated:
“Thirst isn’t always a reliable early indicator of the body’s need for water. Many people don’t feel thirsty until they’re already dehydrated. That’s why it’s so important to increase water intake during hot weather,” Dr. Goodell notes.
Heat illnesses can be serious. Call your provider if symptoms persist.
Featured in Discover Summer 2017 Magazine.
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