As summer is now upon us, we all know how hot Qatar can be. With temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius, it can get worse when there’s humidity involved. Given such conditions, it is essential to stay hydrated as much as possible.
We’re sure that at one point in your life that you have heard that it is important to drink plenty of water every day. Water makes up around 60-75% of your body weight, therefore playing a vital role in your overall health and wellbeing. However, during the summer it can require additional water intake as dehydration is one of the main health issues that occur during the summer in Qatar.
As drinking plenty of water can be a simple routine, it is often underestimated. Luckily, we have received some professional advice from the doctors of Aster Hospital to give you an insight into dehydration and how it can be prevented.
Thirst isn’t entirely a reliable early indicator for the need of water. Adults, in particular, don’t feel thirsty until they’re already dehydrated. Therefore, it is important to increase water intake during warm temperatures or when you are feeling ill. The signs and symptoms of dehydration also differ by age.
Symptoms for infants & young children:
- Dry mouth and tongue
- No tears
- No wet diapers for 3 hours
- Sunken eyes and cheeks
- Sunken soft spot on top of the skull
Symptoms for Adults:
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent urination
- Dark-colored urine
Preventing Dehydration Tips from Aster Hospital:
- Drink up to 2-3 liters of water daily.
- Caffeinated and beverages high in sugar such as coffee and sodas should be avoided in order for optimal hydration.
- Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet as they are also a great source of water.
- Try to avoid being in the middle of the day, as temperatures tend to be higher during that time. Schedule your outdoor activities early in the morning or evening instead.
- Always wear sunscreen during the day.
- Wear loose and light clothing as it allows suitable airflow that allows swear to evaporate. Avoid dark clothing as it absorbs more heat.
- Track your water intake through applications or by creating a schedule where you can drink before meals.
Bearing these tips in mind from Aster Hospital and taking the action to add them into your daily routine, you will be on the right track for maintaining the ideal hydration levels for your health.
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