Many great poets have lauded the splendor of the changing seasons — the gleaming sunshine in the summer, chilly and peaceful evenings in the winter, and the pitter-patter of raindrops during monsoon. Fortunately, they were spared the kind of climate change and global warming crisis that we are currently experiencing.
While we cocoon ourselves in air-conditioned bubbles, make sorbets with overpriced limes, search for a sunscreen with the right SPF, and wait for the government to solve the coal shortage that is disrupting the electricity supply in many parts of the country, the most important thing we can do right now is taking care of our health and keeping ourselves hydrated.
According to experts, ignoring the symptoms of dehydration can lead to serious medical problems. Water makes up one-third of a person's body. The equilibrium of water and salt is disrupted in dry and humid weather due to heavy sweating. As a result, the body requires extra water to maintain a normal body temperature. When the body is dehydrated, the symptoms include: feeling thirsty, dark yellow and strong-smelling pee, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, feeling tired, having a dry mouth, lips and eyes, decreased urination - fewer than 4 times a day, according to NHS.
Tips to beat dehydration caused by the changing weather:
1. Load your dish with hydrating fruits and vegetables:
Hydrating fruits and vegetables are ideal for combating dehydration on your plate. Water is abundant in the fruits and vegetables accessible to us throughout the year. Peaches, watermelons, strawberries, pineapples, and cantaloupe are examples of water-rich fruits. Celery, tomatoes, radishes, and cucumbers are all water-rich veggies that you should eat. Replacing oily and spicy food with water-rich fruits and vegetables throughout the day is the greatest method to avoid dehydration.
2. Recharge with Electrolytes:
Most people go for a fruit juice or an energy drink when their bodies are dehydrated believing that it would suffice. However, they don't realize that they're losing essential body salts and fluids that no fruit drink can replace. A drink that rehydrates, recharges, and allows us to continue with ease is the need of the hour. Dehydration is treated with oral rehydration solution beverages. Fruitnik Electro+ by OTC major Amrutanjan Health Care is effective at this since it aids in the recovery of salts and fluids lost as a result of exertion or dehydration. It includes the appropriate mix of sugar, glucose, Sodium, and potassium, as well as the ability to help the body replace lost fluids. Fruitnik Electro+ is a natural apple fruit drink that enhances energy, replaces electrolytes, and delivers Vitamin C. This makes it suitable for recovering from dehydration due to exertion, heat stress and sporting activities. In rural areas, the free ORS solution or medical therapy at any government health center can be obtained to combat dehydration.
3. Replace sodas with fruit juices:
If you think a can of soft drink or soda will quench your thirst, then you couldn’t be more wrong. When it comes to hydration, soda, coffee, booze, and tea are useless. In fact, they can deplete your body's water supply. As a result, it is advised to avoid these beverages throughout the year. Try flavored water or fruit juices like Fruitnik from the house of Amrutanjan Health Care to make your drink exciting and refreshing. Fruitnik juice that comes in the flavours of Mango and Apple is packed with natural fruit goodness containing anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential to staying hydrated in the scorching heat.
4. Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol acts as a diuretic. It causes your body to remove fluids from your blood much faster than other liquids through your renal system, which includes the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. If you don't drink enough water while consuming alcohol, you can quickly become dehydrated. It is advised to avoid or reduce alcohol intake to keep yourself hydrated throughout all seasons.
5. Stay hydrated: Water is irreplaceable. If you exercise, it is critical that you increase your water intake twofold. At least four hours before your workout, drink plenty of water. While exercising, hydrate yourself every 10-15 minutes. Drink 1.5 liters of water by 2 p.m., even if you're not thirsty. Dehydration is frequently indicated by a thirsty feeling. Carry a water bottle with you at all times so that you have easy access to water. You can also use an app to remind you to drink more water.