It is hot in Florida and around the country. We need to be mindful of keeping our bodies properly hydrated. Bring a source of water with you when working, playing, gardening, biking, running, and/or enjoying any outdoor activity.
Know the signs and symptoms of dehydration and seek help when you need it.
I have heard of cases where a worker went and sat under a tree (without telling anyone) because he didn’t feel well while working in the heat. When his co-workers found him, he had passed away from dehydration, under that tree. I have also heard of a person suffering from dehydration and not feeling well when working in their yard in a very hot climate. This person did not drink water while working outdoors for hours. The person went inside to lay on the couch, rest, and try to feel better. It was too late for this person, and he also, unfortunately, passed away from dehydration.
Many of us don’t recognize the signs and symptoms of dehydration. Now is the time to review this information and be informed. Drinking water during extreme heat can save lives.
Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness
Low fluid intake, dehydration and/or heat related illness may cause:
- difficulty swallowing
- extreme thirst
- rapid pulse
- dry mouth due to low saliva production
- loss of appetite
- dry eyes
- losing consciousness/fainting
- muscle cramps
- high body temperature
Don’t ignore these signs and symptoms of dehydration and/or heat-related illness. Recognize them. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and prevent dehydration. It can save your life.
Read more. Learn more.
Prevent Dehydration-Drink Water Often https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/media/sfylifasufledu/broward/docs/pdfs/fcs/other-pdfs/PREVENT-DEHYDRATION–DRINK-WATER-OFTEN.pdf
Safe Drinking Water During and Emergency- https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/browardco/2021/02/17/consume-safe-drinking-water-during-an-emergency/
MyPlate Vegetables- https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/vegetables
MyPlate Fruits- https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/fruits
Blogs in this series
- Heat, Hydration, and Dehydration: Know the signs and symptoms
- Heat, Hydration, and Dehydration: Sources of water
- Heat, Hydration, and Dehydration: Tips to drink more water
About this series
This blog series was written to inform and inspire the reader to stay hydrated, prevent dehydration and/or heat-related illnesses. As temperatures rise, so does the risk to our health. Extreme heat is a threat to our well-being. It is important to make sure you are giving your body enough water to keep it functioning at its best. These tips and considerations can potentially save lives.
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