Arizonians know the danger of heatstroke is all too real, with a whopping 182 deaths in the Phoenix area alone last year! Here are three tips to help reduce the likelihood of dehydration.
The human body needs at least 2 liters of water per day. If you’re spending time outdoors, you’ll need to consume 1 to 2 liters per hour! This is due to the body losing up to 4 liters of water per hour during sweat-inducing activity. Avoid strenuous activity if possible. If activity is unavoidable, perform tasks during the coldest part of the day, which is typically in the early morning hours (between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.) Don’t forget to take regular breaks in a cool place. Always keep water close by and drink before you feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks, & caffeine; these dehydrate the body.
Always apply sunscreen to exposed skin! Also, wear light-colored clothing, Light colors will reflect a portion of the sun’s energy. Wearing hats is also suggested.
3.Take breaks to Eat
Experts recommended eating small meals frequently! Avoid foods that are high in protein these increase your bodies natural metabolic heat. Also, be conscious of diuretics, which can also lead to dehydration!