Our expert chiropractors talk with a lot of patients who ask about water consumption – especially in Arizona! If you live in Arizona, you know that you need to drink water and even more water in the summer months. At Nevy Health we are always telling our patients to drink water because it’s vital to their body’s overall health and wellbeing. Drinking water can also help you lose weight, especially if you are doing our body transformation program. Our Nevy Health chiropractic and medical team came up with a few ways you can avoid becoming dehydrated during the summer months and in general.
As summer approaches, the temperatures will quickly rise, and in Arizona, that can be deadly. We do not recommend staying out too long in the sun, especially when hiking or exercising. Dehydration can come on quickly, so we suggest carrying water with you and going indoors when start to feel at all abnormal. It’s important to always bring even more water than you think you might need. Symptoms of dehydration can include dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, thirst, headache, muscle weakness, and decreases in urination. If you start to feel any of these symptoms, immediately go inside and drink water. The people most at risk for dehydration are the elderly, children and infants, and those who are chronically ill. If you do not treat dehydration quickly, it can turn into severe dehydration or hypernatremia.
The fun parts about summer are the BBQ’s and the pool parties, but you need to be cautious of what you are drinking and eating. One of the things you can do to help evade dehydration is by avoiding alcoholic and caffeinated beverages because these types of drinks tend to pull water from the body. A great way you can help you and others during these fun activities is by having hydrating foods accessible, like watermelon, bell peppers, and other water-based foods. Getting adequate hydration during these summer activities will help keep them safe and make them more fun.
Remember dehydration is avoidable, as long as you drink enough water and get electrolytes. We recommend drinking at least 50% of your body weight in ounces. And more if you are exercising or in the heat. If it’s hard to down plain water, try filling up a pitcher or water and adding some fresh lemons, limes or fruit. It can give your water a bit of zest and make drinking water more enjoyable. There are also lots of water bottles you can carry with you that are insulated and are a great way to keep track of your water intake. If you find that you are still getting dehydrated, we suggest you schedule some time to get IV therapy from one of our Nevy Health practitioners. If you have any questions on how to avoid becoming dehydrated during the summer months, give Nevy Health a call, and one of our practitioners will be happy to help. Remember if you suspect someone is dehydrated, seek immediate medical attention.