Stop Dehydration Before You Pass Out
people around the country will suffer from heat-related illnesses this
summer and few of them will have the right solutions to solving their
problems. So, instead of hiding in your air-conditioned abode and using
the heat as an excuse for not exercising, here are a few tips so you
can enjoy fun in the sun without the risk of waking up in a hospital
step is to drink plenty of fluids," Dr. Doug Propp, director of
Emergency Services for Lutheran General Hospital said. "It's important
to bring fluids with you, and when active or exercising to drink
before, during and after you have stopped."
Here are some more tips to keep you on your feet this summer:
caffeinated beverages and alcohol — these fluids dehydrate the
body rather than hydrate like water and sports drinks.
sports drinks — The sodium in sports drinks has been
scientifically proven to encourage drinking and promote hydration. In
fact, research on active kids showed they'll drink 90 percent more of a
sports drink than water.
Drink, don't drench — Pouring water over your head may feel good
but it won't help at all at restoring body fluids or lowering body
temperature. Fluids have to go IN the body.
Skip the sun — Exercise in the morning or evening when the
weather is coolest. Wear light-colored clothing that is porous.
Help kids cope — Kids are more inclined to suffer from heat
illness and dehydration since they don't sweat as much as adults. Kids
should drink every 15 minutes when they are active.
Wetter is better — Don't change into a dry shirt at breaks or
time outs. Completely soaked shirts do better at cooling the body.
Thirst takes its toll — If you are thirsty, you are already
dehydrated. Drink before you get to that point. Older people need to
drink more — even if they are not thirsty — because our
perception of thirst changes as we get older.
know in hot and humid conditions an active person can become dehydrated
in just 15 minutes," said Dr. Moorehead. As little as 1-point-3-pounds
of fluid loss for a 130 pound person can lead to early fatigue and
increase the risk of dehydration."
dehydrated? "If someone is clearly dehydrated they should find a shady,
cool place immediately," Propp said. "They also need to drink fluids
immediately. If none of these things can be done, then they should go
to the nearest emergency department for treatment." Here are a few
dry lips and tongue
apathy and lack of energy
Source: Lutheran General Hospital
— Andrew Tufts —