Remember to stay hydrated

Staying hydrated

 

The weather is warming up and we are spending more time outside. It is important that we don’t forget to drink plenty of water.  The average adult needs to drink six to eight glasses of water to stay hydrated, especially during the warmer months.

Thirst isn’t always a reliable indicator of the body’s need for water. Many people, particularly older adults, don’t feel thirsty until they’re already dehydrated. That’s why it’s important to increase water intake during hot weather or when you’re ill.

The following are mild to moderate dehydration symptoms: 

  • fatigue

  • dry mouth

  • increased thirst

  • decreased urination

  • less tear production

  • dry skin

  • constipation

  • dizziness

  • lightheadedness

  • headache

Children and older adults should receive immediate medical treatment, even if they’re experiencing symptoms of mild dehydration.