Summer fun can be found near your Avilla Homes residence, no matter how hot it is outside or which of our communities you live in. Outdoor activities can be dehydrating, though, and even if you cope with the heat by avoiding it, it’s still essential to make sure you and all your family members stay hydrated.

You can easily become seriously dehydrated without realizing it. Some symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Urinating infrequently
  • Urine that is dark yellow
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry, cool skin

More serious symptoms of dehydration can include lack of sweating, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, and unconsciousness. Severe dehydration is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical treatment.

The best defense against dehydration is a plan to stay hydrated. Here are some useful, time-tested tips to help you enjoy your activities safely.

Tips To Stay Hydrated This Summer

  1. Drink water to stay hydrated. Choose water to keep yourself hydrated. Fluid-replacement drinks containing electrolytes may be useful if you are exercising strenuously, but clean, fresh water is always your first line of defense, and it’s calorie-free.
  2. Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day. Even a slightly lower outdoor temperature can reduce your need for fluids so it’s easier to stay hydrated.
  3. Remember to continue to drink water or fluid-replacement drinks while swimming. Yes, it is entirely possible to become dehydrated while swimming or playing in the water. Youths under 13 should drink five ounces of water every 20 minutes, while those over age 13 should consume 32 ounces of water per hour of time in the pool.
  4. Keep a close eye on children, pets, and elderly adults. They can be especially vulnerable to becoming dehydrated and may be less able to access the water they need to stay hydrated.
  5. Aim to stay hydrated year-round. If you live in an area that has warm weather most of the year or is at high altitude, you are at greater risk of dehydration, even when summer is officially over. Find a BPA-free refillable water container you like and carry it with you everywhere. Healthy adults should set a goal of drinking four to six 8-ounce glasses of water a day, although your hydration needs will vary based on your activity level and other factors.

Whether it’s hot or not, be sure to stay hydrated in your Avilla home!