The Importance of Hydration!


We are in the middle of a very hot summer. Not the hottest we've had, but still pretty miserable. I wanted to point out to everyone the importance of staying hydrated. Dehydration can sneak up on you very easily and quickly. It's very dangerous. A friend and coworker of Hunny's had to be taken to the hospital the other night during work because he had gotten dehydrated.

You should be taking in 8 5 oz glasses of water a day. More than that is better. This should be in addition to any other drinks you consume. Remember that caffeinated drinks can dehydrate you more, so those shouldn't count toward your intake. The rule of thumb that I was told by one of Izzie's urologists years ago was that you should be urinating at least once every 8 hours. Less than that, you are on your way to dehydration. Also, the color of urine is important. The lighter the color, the better. If you have begun to dehydrate or you are dehydrated, your urine will begin to resemble tea. I want to share with you the signs you should be on the look out for.

Mild Dehydration

Dry, sticky mouth
Sleepiness or tiredness
Dry skin
Headache

If you are experiencing these, start drinking water or Gatorade.

Extreme Dehydration

Extreme thirst
Irritability or confusion
Sunken eyes
Dry skin that doesn't bounce back when you pinch it

If you have reached this stage, you need to get to the doctor or ER now. Your body has lost too much fluid

In these hot summer months, you also need to keep an eye on your animals. Animals can dehydrate too. Make sure they have plenty of clean, cool water at all times. Also on really hot days, if you can, take them indoors if they are normally outdoor animals.

Take care of you and your family in these hot summer months and keep everyone safe!

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