In the summer months, water and staying hydrated is the best way to keep cool in the sun. Water makes up around 70% of the body and is critical to daily functions. It’s extremely important to drink enough fluids everyday but especially during higher temperatures. Things to watch out for while at the beach, park, or exercising:
- Mild dehydration: thirst, headache, constipation. Normal urine should be clear to lemonade-colored. With dehydration, urine becomes dark like the color of apple juice. Cool down by moving to a shaded or air-conditioned area, remove excess clothing and apply a wet towel. For mild dehydration, push fluids such as ice chips, sips of water or popsicles.
- Severe dehydration: dizziness, dry skin (skin doesn’t bounce back to normal when pinched), decreased sweat, fever. Do not attempt to push fluids, which can make the condition worse. This is a serious situation that needs prompt medical attention.