In-service Topic for July 2017 It’s Hot! Outside GOT WATER?
As summer temperatures rises, getting enough water to drink is important for all. Working in extreme temperatures outside, can cause rapid hydration.
If you are well hydrated, your heart doesn’t work as hard. On the other hand, allowing yourself to become dehydrated can quickly cause serious health issues ranging from swollen feet, headache to life threatening illnesses such as a heat stroke.
Water is the single most critical nutrient to proper hydration. Considering that the human brain is composed of 95% water, 82% blood. The lungs are nearly 90% water. Water is critical to the balance of all of your body’s systems.
For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Beyond simply drinking bottles of water, you can also eat certain fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water. Sports drinks with electrolytes may be useful as well. However, sports drinks tend to be high in added sugars and calories. Additionally, reducing the amount of time spent in direct sunlight is helpful. For all, we at PMT strongly encourages you to stay hydrated and cool.