With summer in full swing and hot temperatures still ahead, here are some ways to stay hydrated and be sun smart in the harsh Australian weather.
Two of the most common and unfortunate consequences of enjoying the summer weather are dehydration and heatstroke.
How to prevent dehydration
According to the experts at House Call Doctor, our bodies are 60 per cent water – but increased outdoor activities in summer and associated sweating means water loss. This is why fluid replenishment is essential for hydration and maintaining overall health.
Some signs of dehydration include dry mouth, loss of appetite, light-headedness and mild constipation.
In order to prevent dehydration, it is important to drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
For increased hydration, incorporating fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, tomatoes and celery that have a high-water content can also be helpful.
How to prevent heatstroke
A highlight of summer for many people is heading outdoors (the beach or park are obvious placed to go), which often means extended hours in the sun.
In Australia, summer temperatures can climb into the 40s, exposing the body to extreme heat when outdoors.
While sunburn is a common occurrence in extended sun exposure, heatstroke is sometimes a nasty side effect and can be highly dangerous. In fact, 500 Australians die every year as a result of heat-related illness.
Someone who has heatstroke may experience symptoms of high body temperature, flushed skin, nausea, headaches and excessive sweating.
Preventing heatstroke can be made simple by remembering to apply sunscreen every four hours, drinking plenty of fluids and wearing lightweight, breathable clothing.
If you are experiencing symptoms of dehydration or heatstroke, it is important to stay out of the sun and stay hydrated so you can continue to enjoy summer safely.