Editorial: It’s hot, stay hydrated
Summer is finally, officially, here and temperatures outside will lead to beach days as well as people suffering from dehydration. Even though dehydration is a health risk that can occur
year-round, summer’s high temperatures are linked to many cases.
Dehydration is the result of more water leaving the body than is being ingested. It can cause the body to shut down and in severe cases can be fatal.
A person suffering from dehydration might experience extreme dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, confusion, the feeling of weakness and/or fainting.
According to reports done by CBS back in 2013, the majority of Americans are aware of the importance of drinking enough water but 75% fall short of the prescribed amount.
How much fluid a person needs may surprise you. The Institute of Medicine recommends men drink 13 cups of fluid a day and women nine cups. While water is best, other fluids can contribute to daily intake including milk and juice. Food also contributes, especially fruits like watermelon and vegetables like spinach, which are mostly water.
Infants and elderly people are especially vulnerable to becoming dehydrated. Children are more likely to become dehydrated because of their small body weight and high turnover of electrolytes. The elderly are more susceptible because their bodies don’t conserve water the same as in a younger person. Older people are also less able to respond or adjust to changes in temperature.
The concerns of maintaining a healthy fluid intake each day shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your summer, but raising a glass of water could go as far as saving a life.