The temperatures are above 100 degrees during our Arizona summer, so it seems the perfect time to remind ourselves of the importance of keeping the family hydrated. It’s a regular occurence on our local news channels – stranded hikers being rescued by firefighters after hikes “turned bad”, or rather hikers ran out of water. Many hikers wildly underestimating how much water they would need in the intense heat of the Arizona sun.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water helps to:
- Keep temperature normal
- Lubricate and cushion your joints
- Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
- Get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.
So it’s vital for our survival and let’s remember that on average, up to 60% of our bodies are water.
We need to stay hydrated and avoid dehydration. Signs of mild dehydration can include:
- Feeling sleepy and lethargic
- Dry skin
- Feeling dizzy/lightheaded
There is so much information out there in cyberspace on how much water we should be drinking daily, and apparently it is not so easy to calculate exactly how much we need from day to day. Here’s some information on water consumption from the experts and some practical tips from www.cdc.gov on how to increase your water consumption on a daily basis to a healthy level.
Enjoy Arizona this summer and stay hydrated – Your body will thank you!
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