With some simple precautions and sensible eating habits, we can manage to not let the heat get to us! This summer, get ahead on hydration with these smart tips.
• Drink enough water to prevent thirst.
• Monitor the colour of urine. It should be pale yellow. Dark yellow, smelly or cloudy urine is one of the signs of dehydration.
• For low moderation exercise, it is ideal to drink a little water before, during and after exercise.
• If you are exercising in extreme heat conditions, supplement water with sports drinks which contain electrolytes.
• Try wearing light coloured clothes in the summer months. Light colour reflects heat.
• Eat at least 4 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetable in a day. Fruits and vegetables contain a water component and potassium that is vital to the body.
• While outdoors protect yourself with sunglasses, sunscreen or wear a hat to prevent direct heat.
• Include a bottle of water in your work bag so that you have access to drinking water anytime, anyplace.
• If you are feeling tired, experiencing dizziness or have a headache in summer, try drinking water as the first step.