Why Dehydration is One of Summer’s Biggest Dangers

With summer here, temperatures are up in most parts of the nation. Lines at the swimming pool are getting out of control, ice cream sales are up, and AC bills have increased. Another thing that’s more regular in the summer? Dehydration.

Dehydration affects nearly everyone, particularly during the summer. It’s easy for dehydration to get a grip on you. Just a small loss of water can lead to consequences that range from the mildly annoying to the dangerous, depending on your age and your health.

Here’s what you should know about dehydration as it becomes more of a concern!

Signs of Dehydration

Check for Bad Breath

Dehydration causes bad breath because a lack of water causes a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. When you’re dehydrated your mouth has less saliva, which is the substance that helps to neutralize that bacteria. Drinking more water may freshen your breath.

Dry Skin Is a Symptom


Good hydration comes from the inside, so drink more water to keep skin looking fresh. You’ll need to drink even more if you exercise frequently or drink lots of coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Sweating causes dehydration, and caffeine causes your body to expel liquids. Both of these factors can lead to dehydration.

Tougher Workouts

Even slight dehydration can spell trouble for your sweat sessions. You may be doing your customary workout, but if it feels much harder than usual, it may be because you are dehydrated.

Feeling Sleepy

Dehydration can also make you feel sleepy because it slows blood flow to the brain. At the same time it causes your blood pressure to drop and your heart rate to increase. Dehydration is often responsible for the mid-afternoon urge to snooze. Try drinking more water instead of taking a nap.

In a Fog

That sleepy feeling is often accompanied by a sensation of fogginess or dizziness. It’s difficult to concentrate. Mental tasks seem to require monumental effort. Reaction times are slowed. This can be especially bad news if you’re behind the wheel. More than one accident has occurred where dehydration has played at least a nominal part.

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