This is one of the many ways your body cools down. When it’s unable to do so, this can result in heat-related conditions like heat exhaustion. The loss of fluid and electrolytes, as a result, can cause mild to moderate dehydration.
Engaging in physical performance, physical labor, or endurance exercise in high heat presents even greater risks of dehydration. This can accelerate the rate at which your body loses fluids and ultimately lead to dehydration if those key electrolytes aren’t replenished.
It’s important to note that dehydration is not the only heat-related condition. Other heat-related illnesses include:
Common symptoms of heat illnesses include dizziness, nausea/vomiting, confusion, cramps, lethargy, and headache.
It’s important to keep infants and children cool during the summer months. Here are a few tips for keeping your infants cool this summer:
The elderly population is also at risk for heat-related conditions. As we age, the body’s water content naturally decreases. The elderly also have a reduction in their thirst sense, leading to a lower consumption of fluids. This, in combination with any health conditions, medications that increase dehydration, and heat exposure, increases the individual’s risk for heat exhaustion and other heat related illnesses.
When caring for an elderly individual in the heat, here are some tips:
The final step is to rehydrate immediately. The best way to do this is with water, or a low-sugar, sports drink alternative (electrolyte beverage) like Hydralyte (sports drinks can actually lead to more thirst due to high sugar content).
Hydralyte is the most effective rehydration solution for preventing and managing dehydration from heat exhaustion, heat exposure, and other heat-related conditions.