Temperatures have been on the rise and you’ve probably been feeling the effects of the hot summer sun lately. Maybe you’ve coped with it by escaping to the beach or going for a swim in a backyard pool; while these are great ways to cool off, you still run the risk of becoming dehydrated while outside. Take some tips from our air conditioning service experts (who often have to be outside for hours in the heat) and don’t miss these signs of dehydration:
- Increased thirst
- Dry skin
- Sweating can only help you cool off for some time. When your body runs low on water, it won’t produce sweat and your skin will become dry.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Decreased frequency of urination
- Urine that is more yellow than usual
- When your urine is clear or light in yellow coloring, it means you are hydrated whereas urine that is very yellow is a sign that dehydration has set in.
- Dry mouth
- Muscle cramps
- When your body’s muscles don’t get enough water, they work harder and as a result, tend to cramp up.
- Food cravings
- Dehydration makes it hard for your body to get and distribute the right amount of nutrients. In response to that, you may begin craving something sweet or salty.
If you experience any of these symptoms, drink fluids like water or juice as soon as possible. To prevent dehydration, make sure you drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after activities and especially if you’re in the sun or hot weather for long periods of time. Also keep snacks on hand that are high in water content (such as fruits or vegetables) and avoid alcohol, as alcohol tends to quicken dehydration.