Record-breaking heat engulfed the Northeast this week. It boils down to this:When it's hot we need to take care!
As the temperature rises we sweat more, our bodies lose fluids through the simple act of breathing, and we are at risk for dehydration.
Some signs of dehydration are sunken eyes, dry mouth, cramping, headaches and muscle fatigue. When the body becomes dehydrated our total blood volume is decreased. Since blood plasma is mostly made up of water, the oxygen carrying capability of our blood is decreased causing our working muscles and organs to be deprived of oxygen.
Sometimes we misread our body's signals when we are feeling fatigued or hungry. Instead of going for a quick and easy snack, drink 8 ounces of water and see if you feel better. Sometimes a glass of water is all that's needed to improve physical performance and curb the appetite. Eight glasses of water a day is recommended for adequate hydration. If you fall short of the mark it's okay. Snacking on fruit such as watermelon, peaches, oranges and grapes helps you to meet your water quota.
Lazy days of summer have made an early appearance. Please out your personal safety first and stay cool and hydrated.
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