Summer in Texas comes with one assurance – heat, and lots of it. Before June even rolled around this year temperatures were pushing 100 degrees. Just the thought of walking outside around midday is enough to make you start sweating.
And that’s the problem. When your body loses more fluid than you take in it causes dehydration. This condition can range from mild to severe, but it’s never good for the body. Every cell in our body needs hydration to function properly. Dehydration throws everything out of balance from your ability to think clearly to muscle energy.
Compounding this problem is the fact that a vast majority of adults are chronically dehydrated. Recent research suggests that 75% of U.S. adults are chronically dehydrated. That means during the heat of the summer it’s very easy to go from mild to moderate dehydration.
Here are a few facts everyone should know about dehydration:
- It only takes 1.5% water loss to become dehydrated.
- Dehydration can happen quickly. Depending on the temperature, how much you’re sweating and your activity level, dehydration can occur within an hour.
- If you’re thirsty that’s a sign your body is already mildly dehydrated.
- The recommendation is to drink 8-10 cups of water a day, but the average adult only drinks 2.5 cups.
- Dehydrated drivers make just as many mistakes as drunk drivers.
- Mild dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, irritability, sluggish metabolism and more.
- Chronic dehydration is the most common risk factor for kidney stones.
- If left untreated, moderate to severe dehydration can lead to death.
Dehydration is extremely common, but it’s also one of the easiest conditions to correct. Use these three tips to cool off and stay hydrated all summer long.
Beat the Summer Heat By . . . Taking a Dip in a Cold Spring
Springs are fed by groundwater below the surface. Some springs tend to be very cool year-round because the water source isn’t far down in the ground and the water flows quickly.
Barton Springs is the place to be in Austin during the summer. When it’s 100 degrees outside the 68-70 degree water will cool you down quickly. You can pay a few bucks to get into the pool area or get an au naturel experience just downstream in the undeveloped portion known as Barking Springs. It got that name because lots of people bring their pooches to splash around in the shallow, cool water.
Beat the Summer Heat By . . . Donning Loose Cotton and Linen Clothing
Clothing that clings to your body makes you feel hotter. This is because the clothing prevents sweat from evaporating, which helps cool the body.
Wearing loose, breathable cloth-like cotton and linen is a better option during the summer months. Even if you’re covered from head to toe, you’ll feel cooler since there’s more airflow. Choose a light color to stay even cooler.
Beat the Summer Heat By . . . Rehydrating With a Revitalizing Drip
IV cocktails are the newest way to get a serious surge of hydration when you need it. In fact, when a person is severely dehydrated doctors use an IV to replenish fluids quickly as well as lost electrolytes and nutrients so, why wouldn’t you? This is also an option that can keep you from getting to the point where a doctors visit is necessary. Not to mention, it is a great escape from your day where you can get out of the heat and into one of IVitamin’s ultimate massage chairs to regroup while you replenish your body with hydration.
At IVitamin, Hydration Therapy is our specialty. The IREHYDRATE cocktail restores lost fluids and nutrients, so the body can function optimally leaving you feeling your best and living life to the fullest.