By Diane Woolvertan

It’s been a pretty hot summer and by now many of us are really feeling the heat. Dehydration prevention is one of the most important things you can do this summer to keep yourself healthy. With such a wonderful summer to enjoy this year many of forget that we need to keep our bodies hydrated while outdoors engaging in all those fun activities. Since we live in a humid area our bodies are easily depleted of moisture. It is important to know how to keep ourselves hydrated and how to recognize the symptoms of dehydration.

When engaging in active activities we must remember to drink before, during and after. Lemonade, sports drinks, and iced tea can help the body to retain the necessary fluids to keep ourselves both cool and keep our internal organs working properly. Adding a splash of lemon to water helps the body absorb the water better, and juices can help the body replace any lost fluids. Eating fruits and vegetable will also help the body to maintain good fluid levels, and during this time of year both of those are plentiful either from your own garden or from the grocer’s. Another dehydration prevention measure we can take is to refrain from too much time in the sun. During times of high temperatures the shade can be your friend. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing to allow air flow between the clothing and your body. Any outdoor activities that can be done early morning or in the evening should be done so.

If you are experiencing light-headedness, feel faint, notice swelling in your legs or feet, or notice the color of your urine is darker than it normally is you may be suffering from dehydration. If you notice any of these symptoms notify your physician. The medical staff at WNY Medical, PC, located at 4979 Harlem Rd is always available to attend to your needs. Do not hesitate to call them at 716-923-4383.

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