During the heat of the summer, everyone could use some extra hydration. But for some, getting enough water is even more important.
Babies and children up to age 4, people older than 65, and anyone who is overweight or on certain medications (like diuretics) are at a higher risk of dehydration or heat stroke.
Additionally, people who live in areas with temperatures that regularly reach triple digits or at higher elevations also need to drink more water when it’s hot.
Thirst isn’t always a reliable sign of dehydration, so keep an eye out for these indicators:
Are you grouchy or thirsty? Mild dehydration – as little as 2% fluid loss – can affect memory, mood, concentration and reaction time. The next time summer fun has taken a sour turn, try drinking some water and see if it improves your attitude.
These five tips from the University of Nebraska’s health center will also help you stay hydrated in the summer:
For mild dehydration, drinking more water or drinks with electrolytes will often help. If you’re experience these symptoms, you should seek medical attention:
Blue Cross of Idaho members can find a doctor by using the Blue Cross of Idaho member app or by visiting members.bcidaho.com. Log in to the app or your member account and select Find Care. You can search for doctors by specialty, location and more.
Download the Blue Cross of Idaho member app in the App Store or Google Play.
Even if you’re on vacation, you can still get care from Blue Cross of Idaho while traveling.
Enjoy your summer and stay safe!
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Posted: July 19, 2023