Why it’s important to drink plenty of fluids during a heat wave.
This weather we`re having at the moment is great, you are getting out the office for lunch, you only have to look out of our window at Basing view to see people enjoying the sun. if you take a walk over the bridge you can see Eastrop park is full of people chilling out and catching some rays.
So why is water so important to us?
We need water to survive, did you realise that you could go for days and maybe weeks without food but in some cases you could maybe last as little as 1 day with out water. Our body weight consists of between 50%-70%, this water helps with absorption excretion, circulation, carry’s nutrients throughout the body and aids digestion, these are just a few reasons why you need to keep hydrated.
The body its self does not store water so a daily intake necessary of 6-8 pints a day, this may sound a lot but your food also contains water, anything between 10%-98% so you can take this into account.
Water is essential for-
· Transporting oxygen from the blood to cells.
· Stabilises body temp (important in this weather).
· Lubricates joints and organs.
· Helps the kidney for function normally.
· Removes waste products.
Dehydration occurs when water loss is not adequately replaced, and in this heatwave we are sweating more doing just seating down at the desk let alone going for a workout
Here are some tips to prevent yourself getting dehydrated-
· Do not rely on feeling thirsty.
· Avoid starting the day dehydrated.
· Sip fluids thought out the day.
· If your exercising replace lost fluids immediately.
· Avoid over dressing.
· Drink more water.
· Cut down on tea, coffee and alcohol (difficult as the world cups on)
There is a way to find out if you are dehydrated and you don’t need and special equipment, just your eyes,
it’s a PEE CHART. https://www.lucozadesport.com/training/hydration/hydration-chart/
So Enjoy the sun and stay hydrated.