If you’re going on holiday this year, here’s why it’s important to stay hydrated.
Hydration is essential for brain function, which in turn is responsible for movement, speech and thought. If you allow your body to become dehydrated, all of these functions can be affected. Without water, you will start to feel lethargic, fatigued and unwell. Not something you’d want on holiday!
Feelings of poor health from dehydration can commonly include headaches. Those feelings of ill health are exacerbated by hot weather, meaning that dehydration can be lethal.
As well as dehydration happening more commonly in warmer climates, the effects of dehydration can also happen quicker. The hotter the temperature of your surroundings are, the more water you are likely to lose from your body through sweat or breathing (panting). If you do not replace this water that has left your body, and therefore cells, with more water, dehydration will start to occur.
Unfortunately, dehydration and heat exhaustion often go hand in hand. The loss of water from your cells through dehydration means an imbalance of fluids and electrolytes in the body. Pair this with extensive exposure to the sun or heat and you’ll likely start to suffer from heat exhaustion too.
Usually, the recommended intake for water for adults is 6-8 glasses. However, in hot weather, you should drink more. Try and drink a minimum of 8 glasses, but more if you’re exercising, or feel you’re losing lots of fluids through sweating or urine.
This might sound fairly simple, but there are a few things you can do to ensure you don’t overheat or become dehydrated on holiday.