Q: During the summer months, I will be working out in the sun and heat. I want to make sure I drink plenty of water so I can stay well hydrated. How will I know if I am dehydrated? What are the signs?
You should drink water every day. Here’s a bit of trivia for you: Up to 60 percent of the human adult body is water. Our bodies use water in all of their cells, organs and tissues to help regulate our temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because our body loses water through breathing, sweating and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids.
We’ve all heard that we should drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. However, like most things, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to how much water is enough. Different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Thirst is often the first sign of dehydration. Other symptoms of mild dehydration may include:
- Dry mouth
If you are concerned you may not be getting enough water to drink or anything else health-related call Accordia Health at (251) 824-8320. We would love to take care of you and your loved ones.
Ashlen Aggen, M.D., is a family medicine physician and a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. During her residency, Aggen showed leadership initiative in spearheading the introduction of the Patient Advisory Board on Clinic Policy program and Reach Out and Read, both of which are aimed at providing the best care and opportunities for patients. She was also chosen as the Chief Resident and received the Program Director’s Award, which is given to the graduating resident who exhibits qualities of exemplary patient care, demonstrates leadership, displays a commitment to the community, contributes to scholarly activity and is dedicated to the specialty of family medicine.