Dehydration — no matter which season we’re in — is always dangerous. After all, up to 60% of a person’s body weight is water, and it only takes a 1- to 2% drop in that percentage to cause dehydration.
3 Tips to Staying Hydrated This Winter
- Carry a water bottle with you. You know that it is important to drink water before, during and after you exhort energy, but drinking water during the day is also a good tip to keep in mind. You should try to drink ½ oz- 1 oz of water for each pound you weigh every day.
- Eat water-rich fruits and vegetables. You can get some of the water from fresh produce. Watermelon (91% water) is usually the first fluid-rich fruit people think of however, cucumber is 96% water, lettuce is 95% water, tomatoes are 94% water, grapefruits are 90% water, and apples are 84% water.
- Choose the right clothing. Clothes can make a big difference when it comes to reducing sweat. Light-colored clothing reflects the heat during the summer months. Light-weight, loose clothing allows for better air circulation and helps sweat evaporate more quickly all year round. If you’re exercising outside, be sure to dress in layers so you can pull off clothing that may be making you too warm later on.
If you’re uncertain about whether or not you’re dehydrated, look for these signs: headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, darker than usual urine, muscle cramping, nausea and vomiting. You’re also more likely to experience dry mouth, chills and dry or flushed skin.
Come in to AFC Urgent Care Paramus if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. We are open extended hours and you do not need to call ahead to make an appointment. Our board-certified doctors are ready to serve you.