Water is not only the essence of life it is the basis of life as water is the foundation of the human body. Like any structure if the foundation is poor then strength and longevity are reduced.
In South East Queensland the next two months of January and February are traditionally the hottest months of the year. With the hot weather comes the concerns of dehydration. Very simply more than 70% of the human body is water, so when the temperatures increase the body cools itself by sweating. If water intake is not adequate then dehydration can become a real danger. This is frequently worse with children if their fluid intake of water is inadequate.
It is all of our personal responsibility to ensure our intake of water is frequent and adequate. It is important to realise that you can become dehydrated long before the symptom’s appear, so prevention is critical and prevention is simply drinking water. Prevention does not include drinking fruit juices or sugary soft drinks.
Dehydration will not only impair your normal daily performance but dramatically increases the risk of heat related illnesses such as cramps, headaches, exhaustion or even heat stroke. Possible signs of dehydration may include:
- extreme thirst
- extreme fatigue
- muscle and joint weakness
- headache and or dizziness
- dry or sticky mouth
- cramping of muscles
- decreased performance
If you notice yourself or anyone else with the above symptom’s it is important to find a cool place and cool the body with water. The water should be sipped not gulped and the rest should continue until the body returns to normal. By recognising the signs of dehydration and taking measures to prevent it will increase everyone’s overall health.
The carrying of water bottles should be standard before leaving home. There is no need to buy expensive bottles of water at the supermarket or service station when you literally have it on tap at home. Even if you do not like the taste of water from Allconnex it is a comparatively simple job for Whywait Plumbing Services to install a good quality filtration system to remove the chemicals such as chlorine that create the poor taste many people associate with tap water. Once you have good quality filtered drinking water the purchase of reusable personal drinking bottles will ensure the entire family can be active, healthy and always hydrated in our hottest months by simply drinking regularly.