And the Heat Continues!

July 29, 2019

When you spend time outside in hot weather you probably start to feel thirsty in a fairly short time. That's a normal response and one you should pay close attention to—it means your body needs more water to deal with the heat. Learn why this happens, the symptoms of dehydration, and how to ensure you are drinking enough water when the temperatures rise.

YOUR BODY NEEDS WATER TO DEAL WITH HEAT

You sweat more when the temperature is hot, especially if you're working or exercising in the heat. Drinking water helps replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating. If you don't get enough water, you may become dehydrated, and the combination of hot temperatures and dehydration can lead to serious heat-related illnesses.

SIGNS YOU NEED MORE WATER

For most people, thirst is a very good indication that you need more water. However, even before you become dehydrated, you'll feel thirsty, and your mouth may feel dry or sticky.

After a while, you may also become tired and woolly-headed. Other signs include reduced urine output (and the urine is dark yellow). You might even notice your eyes look a bit sunken and feel dry.

Even a little dehydration can be a problem, so don't ignore those early signs. Even mild dehydration reduces your ability to think clearly and your physical coordination.

TIPS FOR HYDRATION IN HOT WEATHER

  • Start hydrating right away. It's easier to maintain your fluid balance if you start out in a well-hydrated state
  • Schedule regular beverage breaks and keep a water bottle handy so you can take frequent sips of water while you work or exercise
  • As a basic guide, you should drink 1.5 – 2 litres of fluid a day (8 – 10 glasses).  However, if you’re out in the heat, you may become dehydrated quicker and need 2 litres
  • Drink water after you've finished work or an exercise session.

Having a water cooler in your workplace or home is a highly sustainable solution. Most bottles are collected, cleansed and reused many times over whilst mains-fed coolers of course use water from the mains. Always use a WE member company for your assurance of good hygienic practice.