Summer…! the most exciting and breathtaking
season of the year;
warm weather, clear skies, sunny and longer days,
walks on the beach, relaxing outdoors, dressing
in light clothing and shorts…… it has it all.
But for many people summer is a season of
irritation and discomfort because of the hot
Although summertime is connected with birth
and life, it can be extremely hot and humid.
As a consequence, a great number of people
suffer with breathing problems, tiredness,
profuse sweating and dehydration.
Being outdoors during the summer months,
at any age — but especially the younger and
the older — either exercising, on holiday or
working, places people at a serious risk of
dehydration; even if they are used to the heat.
The human body is almost 75% water;
and the human blood is almost 80% water.
Consequently, it is vital to restore whatever
is lost on a daily basis.
Water is removing waste, maintains blood
circulation as well as body temperature.
Note that when we say water here, we do mean
any non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic fluids.
Obviously, individual needs vary greatly depending
on many external and internal factors.
According to guidelines, an average person
engaging in moderate activity needs an intake
of fluids daily,
Females 2 litres
Males 2.5 litres
from beverages and foods combined.
Certainly, special circumstances will have higher needs.
There is a number of mild signs that your body is
dehydrated, as follows:
1) Feeling very Thirsty.
2) Dark Coloured Urine, which should be very pale yellow,
as well as quantity and frequency.
3) Manifestation of Allergies due to the increase
of histamine levels.
4) Acid Reflux.
6) Emotional imbalances.
7) Stress due to the increase of the stress hormones.
8) Mental Imbalances.
10) Dry Mouth, Tongue and Lips.
12) Weakness and Tiredness.
There is also a number of severe signs that your
body is dehydrated, as follows:
1) Diarrhea for more than 24 hours.
2) Fast Heart Rate.
3) Dry Mucus Membranes.
4) Absence of Urination.
5) Hollowed Eyes.
6) Disorientation and Confusion.
7) Blood or Bloody Stools.
8) Difficulty Swallowing.
9) Kidney Stones.
Here are some easy ways to prevent dehydration
during the summer months:
a) Drink enough liquids during the whole day,
to include natural water, herbal teas, milk substitutes
like rice, oat, coconut, and coconut water.
b) Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits with
c) Eat cold soups and natural plain yogurt.
d) Make your own natural drink by mixing well,
a tablespoon lemon juice plus a pinch of sea salt plus
a tablespoon of thyme honey in a glass of water
in room temperature.
e) Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and energy
f) Wear light-coloured and loose-fitting clothes
to keep your body cool.
By staying hydrated you will feel healthier physically
and emotionally, more energetic and active, and you
will be able to focus much better on your tasks.
Have a nice and enjoyable summer.