How many times have you found yourself thirsting for water much faster than usual at an outdoor festival, on the beach, at the pool, during exercise or any other outdoor activity on a hot summer day? If you are like most, the answer is quite often. Most of us look forward to summer, getting outdoors in the highly anticipated warm weather and just simply having some fun in the sun.
After all, who can blame us after old man winter has left his mark?!
There is nothing wrong with enjoying some fun in the sun and taking advantage of outdoor activities. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to get outdoors and refresh. It’s good for your mind, body and soul. Just be sure to use caution and prepare ahead of time with a cooler filled with water bottles and hydrating foods. Neglecting to do so can result in heat exhaustion, heat stroke or other heat related conditions when you least expect it.
Although there are several different symptoms of dehydration, the following 4 are among the most common indicators to look out for:
- Fatigue – This is the most common among all. There are many factors that could lead up to fatigue but before considering all other probabilities, first consider the possibility that your body may be dehydrated.
- Color of Urine – This is when your urine is a deep or dark yellow versus being clear. Make it a point to check the color of your urine to know whether or not you need to drink or “eat” more water. Your urine should always be a clear, light yellow.
- Frequency of Urination – A healthy hydrated level body generally has a frequency of urinating around 8-12 times a day. If you are urinating less than 6 times within a 24-hour period, chances are your body is dehydrated.
- Volume of Urine – This is when the volume of your urine is low or insufficient (yields very little) rather than a satisfactory flow output.
Approximately 75% of the U.S population is chronically dehydrated and doesn’t even know it. That is because their symptoms appear to be normal physiological activity and most of the time don’t think about connecting them to dehydration. Dehydration occurs as a result of toxic overload which derives from the consumption of cooked, denatured foods, table salt, alcohol, and the production of increased internal toxins such as stress.
We can also become dehydrated when we lose water faster than we replace it which generally occurs during exercise, in high altitude, in extreme heat, exposure to prolonged periods in the hot sun and among other external environmental factors. All these elements cause our bodies to require water in high demand in which usually we have a hard time delivering either by drinking water or eating hydrating foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Hydration is a critical factor to our overall health & well-being and can affect our lives in either a mild to severe way causing our bodies to undergo a dangerous state of toxicity. The body functions optimally when fully hydrated but can also have a drastic turn of events when not given proper attention. Depending on the percentage of fluid loss on the body the following are some of the effects dehydration can result in:
- Impaired performance
- Reduction in ability for muscular work
- Heat exhaustion
- Circulatory collapse and heat stroke
As you can see the dangers of dehydration are no joke and can negatively affect the brain, nervous system and muscles while impairing the body’s physiological functions significantly. Pay attention to the signs and always, always, always listen to your body.
What is your favorite way to stay hydrated outdoors? Share it in the comments below. Would love to hear from you!
Mine is eating a sweet, fully ripened, juicy watermelon. It’s a perfect under the sun thirst quencher!
Cheers to summer hydration! xo