Last year was Australia’s hottest summer to date, so preparing for the upcoming summer heat is vital. In most living creatures, water is considered a critical element of survival, and within the human body it’s no different. Approximately 60% of an adult’s body weight is made up of water and not having enough of it can have severe effects.
To make sure you’re on top of your hydration this summer, the team at House Call Doctor has outlined just what you need to know.
What is dehydration?
In order for the human body to function properly water is a necessity. Dehydration stems from a lack of sufficient amounts of water to the body and occurs when more fluid is lost than taken in. Also known as hypohydration, dehydration is a consequence of an imbalance in electrolytes which can greatly alter the way the body performs.
Depending on the extent of water lost, the degree of severity of individual conditions can greatly differ. Therefore, every person will require different forms of treatment to ensure they can avoid dehydration this summer. To do just this restoring the body’s regular balance in fluid levels and increasing electrolytes is essential. Mild dehydration can be prevented by avoiding beverages that are high in sugar, caffeine or alcohol as well as keeping up fluid volumes by drink plenty of water and electrolytes. For more serious and severe conditions it’s recommended you seek immediate treatment from medical professionals either at a local GP or hospital.
In terms of preventative methods, thirst is not always a reliable indicator of dehydration. Stay on top of dehydration by eating foods that have a high-water ratio – such as vegetables and fruits – and maintaining high levels of water intake during hot weather and exercise, the onset of colds and when possible during excessive vomiting and diarrhoea.