The Dangers of Dehydration in the Fall Months

The Dangers of Dehydration in the Fall Months

When it comes to proper hydration in people, most believe that we should be concerned with the summer months when temperatures can spike to over 100 degrees. The risks of dehydration are particularly high for infants and seniors. Each year there are warnings from several resources encouraging people to stay hydrated during the summer to avoid some serious health problems. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware that the fall months of September, October and November, when temperatures can still reach the upper 80s, can be just as dangerous for anyone that does not maintain proper hydration. This is especially true for seniors. As we age, our bodies' ability to retain fluid decreases. Our bodies require more fluid intake to function properly but the ability to conserve water is greatly reduced. Many seniors also experience a lessened ability to sense thirst, which means we need to be more aware of the amount of water we intake each day. Health Risks Caused by Dehydration There can...
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Tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and how to know if you have it

Tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and how to know if you have it

It’s summertime, so we all know what that means: extreme heat. While living in Florida has its perks like year-round warm weather and beautiful beaches, the downside is the high temperatures that come with it. Seeing 100+ degrees on our car dashboard is nothing unusual for us Floridians but even though we have lived through it for many years, that doesn’t mean it’s not harmful. During the warmer months, remember to always: Wear light, loose-fitting clothing Stay in shaded areas Avoid strenuous activities Drink lots of water Stay inside between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you begin to feel symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, heavy sweating, nausea, or cold skin with goosebumps, it’s important to go into an air-conditioned place and drink liquids with electrolytes. Should the symptoms persist after an hour, it may be time to seek medical attention....
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