Be Safe, hydrate

Be Safe, hydrate

Water makes up two thirds of our body. It’s vital we drink enough fluid to maintain a healthy balance. Many people get dehydrated when they don’t drink enough fluid or don’t replace the fluids they have lost.

The summer usually means more chance of sunshine and warmer temperatures. While that’s great for BBQs, holidays and outdoor activities it also means we have to pay more attention to how much we are drinking as being in the sun too long is one of the easiest ways to become dehydrated.

Being in the sun too long can result in heatstroke and heat exhaustion. However it is not just the sun that can that result in dehydration, it can also happen more easily if you have:

  • diabetes
  • vomiting or diarrhoea
  • drunk too much alcohol
  • sweated too much after exercising
  • a high temperature of 38C or more
  • been taking medicines that make you pee more (diuretics)

Symptoms of dehydration in adults and children include:

  • feeling thirsty
  • dark yellow and strong smelling pee
  • feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • feeling tired
  • dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day

If you think that you are dehydrated and have any of the symptoms above then try to keep drinking. You should take small sips of fluid if that’s all you can manage and gradually increase your water intake if possible. You should drink enough during the day so that your pee is a pale clear colour.

You can find out more about dehydration and how to stay hydrated by taking a look at the NHS dehydration advice.

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