Water plays a crucial role in various bodily functions and is vital for the proper functioning of every cell in the human body. Water is also part of how we can regulate our body temperature which is vitally important in the summer months. When our body becomes too hot, water in our body helps us maintain a stable body temperature. Being adequately hydrated is critical for our ability to tolerate heat and prevent heat-related complications.
With increased temperatures during the summer, our bodies will increase perspiration as a way of cooling down the body. As the body tries to cool down, it loses water through sweat which can lead to dehydration if not replenished. In addition to the increase in outside temperatures, there is an increase in outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and sports. When the increase in activities is combined with higher temperatures there is an even higher demand for water in the body. Having adequate hydration helps to maintain concentration, increase endurance, and prevent heat-related injuries.
Without adequate replacement of water, dehydration can occur. Dehydration is a state where the body loses more fluid than it takes in and this can have serious health consequences. Mild dehydration symptoms include headache, fatigue, and dizziness. If dehydration is not adequately addressed more serious complications can result in permanent damage.
Summer months bring about an increased need for water due to higher temperatures, increased perspiration, and increased outdoor activities. Failing to meet this increased need can lead to dehydration and various health consequences. It is crucial to prioritize staying hydrated during the summer months to ensure optimal health and well-being.
Dee Anne Griffin owns Dynamic Health Solutions, LLC and is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in the medical field for more than 20 years. She listens and recommends different options to create a unique plan that fits each individual. When not practicing medicine Griffin spends time on her family farm tending to her animals and is very active in her church. Contact her at 803-454-1661. Her offices are located at 169 A Medical Circle, West Columbia.