The Importance of Staying Hydrated

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It’s a rule of thumb to “drink more water,” and to stay hydrated throughout the hot summer months. However, the summer is not the only time you need to pay attention to staying hydrated.

Did you know that you can become dehydrated in the winter, too? Follow these five tips below to stay healthy and hydrated during the cold season!

  1. Wear layers

When you sweat, you lose your body temperature and your heart needs to work harder to maintain blood flow. Wearing layers in the winter time not only keeps you warm, but also helps to absorb back the perspiration.

  1. Drink more fluids

Water exits your system through perspiration and urination. The most visual indication that you are dehydrated is yellow and scanty urine.

  1. Eat fruits

Eating fruits is another great way to stay hydrated. For example, an apple contains 84% water, a pear contains 84% water and a clementine contains 87% water. Also, Vitamin C from these fruits can strengthen your immune system against the flu.

  1. Eat more salt and soup-based food

Salts can help your body retain water, and soup is hydrating. It is very comforting to enjoy a bowl of warm delicious chicken noodle soup or tomato soup during colder days!

  1. Avoid alcohol and caffeine drinks

Alcohol and caffeine drinks have diuretic effects, which makes your body lose water faster.  Compensate your caffeine and alcohol intake by replenishing with more water or other hydrating fluids.

Dehydration Treatment at Instant Urgent Care

At Instant Urgent Care, we treat symptoms of dehydration such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness/Fainting

For more information about treatment for dehydration or other urgent care services we provide, please call us at (408) 687-4806.