Prevent dehydration for safe and healthy summer

May 01, 2014

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    The loss of significant amount of fluids along with essential salts and minerals from the body leads to dehydration. People who struggle with excessive sweat during the summer are at higher risk of suffering from dehydration. However you can beat the heat and prevent dehydration with these simple tips. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Drink Sufficient Water

    All of us are bound to lose some amount of fluid through sweating during summer days. In that case, drinking adequate amount of water is the first thing you have to do stay away from dehydration.  Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day suggest the experts. However, requirement of fluid by the body varies from person to person depending on factors like height, weight, physical activity. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Avoid Diuretics

    Diuretics are substances or foods that increase urine production which in turn results in loss of fluids from the body.  Beverages like coffee, cola and chocolate are some common diuretics.

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    Avoid Spicy Foods

    Spicy foods are not only known to cause health problems like acidity and heart burn, but they also increase the internal body temperature thereby resulting in loss of body fluids. Hence, avoid hoping on spicy foods to keep dehydration at bay.

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    Eat Food High in Potassium

    Your body also loses a huge amount of electrolytes along with water which are needed to replenish the body. You need add potassium-rich foods including bananas, pineapples, sweet potatoes, coconut water and mangoes in your diet.

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    Avoid Excessive Exertion

    Any kind of physical activity is no doubt important to stay fit. But putting excessive exertion yourselves during summer can be dangerous. Therefore, keep rehydrating yourself by taking water-breaks in between. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Stay Indoors

    Nothing could prevent dehydration better than staying indoors as direct exposure to the sun naturally causes you to sweat more. When you sweat more you tend to lose fluids from your body and become dehydrated. Thus it is best to avoid going out in the afternoon when the temperature are high. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Wear Light and Loose Fitting Clothes

    Darker shades have the tendency to absorb more heat which makes you sweat more, while tight fitting clothes makes it difficult for the body to cool it down externally which eventually hinders the internal body temperature. Therefore, choose lighter shades while going out in the sun and wear loose fitting pants, preferably cotton.  Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Practice Yoga

    Yoga is very relaxing and can help to calm down the nerves that are responsible for excessive sweating due to high external temperature. Image Courtesy : Gettty Images

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    Say No to Cigarettes and Alcohol

    Cigarette smoke causes the lining of the throat to dry up and cells to become dehydrated.  While on the other hand alcohol is a diuretic. It also dehydrates the cells lining of the throat and stomach. It also affects the liver cells and can lead to severe dehydration. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Avoid Sun

    One of the wisest and most effective ways to prevent dehydration is to avoid the scorching sun unless it is unavoidable. Follow these simple tips during this summer to avoid dehydration. Image Courtesy : Getty Images