Fourth of July festivities are here! Many of you will be celebrating outdoors, watching the rodeo, attending the parade on Main Street or getting out to enjoy the beautiful nature. No matter which activity you choose, be sure to play it safe in the sun!
Here are a few Sun Safety and Hydration Tips to consider when you are out in the sun:
- Limit your time in the sun
- Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies
- Use sun screen and reapply regularly
- Wear protective clothing
- Drink plenty of liquids
Hydration is key to staying and feeling healthy. Your body has an intricate system of keeping fluids and electrolytes balanced. Proper hydration is a main component of this process. As we age this regulation system may no longer function properly on it own, making dehydration more common. Adequate hydration minimizes this risk.
- Drink at least 48 to 64 fluid ounces daily
- Drink moderate size portions spread over the course of a day, rather than drinking it all at once
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Have a glass of water before you exercise or go outside to garden, walk or other activity
- Drink a full glass of water when taking medication
- Don’t wait for thirst to replenish your water intake
- Know the symptoms of dehydration
Symptoms of dehydration should be understood and not overlooked. Symptoms include dry mouth, no urine or very concentrated urine, sunken eyes, lethargy, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate and dry skin. If you suspect that you are dehydrated, try drinking small, frequent amounts of fluid, including water, electrolyte drinks, etc. If your symptoms do not improve, call your doctor or go to the hospital, as severe dehydration may requires medical attention.
Look for the Frontier Home Health and Hospice team passing out bottled water during the summer events. For free sun safety and hydration tips sheets, contact Frontier’s office at 332-2922 or 856-4127. You can also find additional tips a National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life website.
Happy Independence Day to everyone!
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