Posted on 06/10/2015 at 04:14 PM by Dena Boelter
Keep in mind the hazards of summer heat as you go about your day. Dehydration does not only affect runners and bikers and it doesn’t matter how well the AC works in your truck or office – if you do not stay hydrated you run the risk of injuring yourself and possibly others.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to drive through a desert to experience dehydration. It can happen while driving, working in the shop, or sitting at your desk. Here are a couple of tips to help you keep hydrated:
Water – Water is the best source for hydration. Excessive amounts of soda, diet soda, and caffeine heavy beverages could actually increase your chances of dehydration. Be safe and keep water in your truck, tool box, or desk at all times. If you’re ever feeling drowsy or out-of-sorts make sure to drink a little. Your safety comes first! If you feel dizzy, sluggish, confused, or experience heart palpitations, pull over or sit down in a cool area and get hydrated and don’t drive or work until you can do so safely!
Electrolytes – Electrolytes help your body to maintain hydration. The best source for electrolytes are not sport or energy drinks. In fact, your body will digest these too quickly and simply expose of the excess electrolytes. So, keep fruits and vegetables, in your truck, lunch box, or at your desk and add electrolyte-abundant items to your meals, such as cucumbers, artichokes, and honey.