While most of us spend the last weeks of winter willing the sun to start shining, when it arrives it can take some readjustment.

Hot weather often means dehydration.

The signs of mild to moderate dehydration are:

  • Thirst
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Small volume of urine
  • Darker yellow urine
  • Dry, cool skin
  • Headache and muscle cramps.

If you don’t address hydration soon enough, severe signs of dehydration are:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Breathing rapidly
  • Irritability or confusion
  • Dizziness or ligh-headed
  • Shock (this results from a lack of blood flow through the body)

It is simple to avoid dehydration, just drink water! Start off with two glasses in the morning, drink regularly throughout the day and hold back on drinking another fine coffee from your local barista!

If you are outside exercising or working in the heat remember to avoid heat stress, drink at frequent intervals and take your breaks, if possible in the shade or a cool space.