There is so much fun to have outside in the summer…travel, water activities, out door events, etc. This month in Nashville we have both the CMA’s and Bonnaroo! But with the high temperatures, strenuous activities and adult beverages, summer activities can leave us dehydrated and not feeling our best if we aren’t careful. Here are a few ways to prepare for all the summer fun and still feel great.
Dress for the occasion. Light weight, light colors and breathable fabrics are the way to go. You can even find UV protective clothing for days on the water. Wearing a hat is also a good idea in the sun. Hats are not only stylish, but can help with an added protection against the sun’s UV rays and help to keep you cool.
Use sunscreen and reapply frequently. Nothing ruins a fun summer outing like a sunburn. Most people don’t reapply sunscreen frequently enough. Generally, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
Wear sunglasses when outside. Not only do sunglasses make you look cool, but they make you feel cooler. The National Eye Institute recommends wearing shades with high UV protection because exposure to sunlight is damaging to your eyes. It’s also worth noting that individuals with lighter colored eyes (blue, green, grey, etc.) are more sensitive to light so pack an extra pair, just in case you lose one while taking that swim.
Avoid peak sun hours. Spending time outdoors in the early morning, evening and night are better options. If you are gardening, exercising, visiting an outdoor attraction or playing sports outdoors, go early or late to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water – even if you don’t feel thirsty – as well as drinks that contain electrolytes such as Pedialyte. Electrolytes are critical minerals in our bodies that help balance the amount of water in our bodies and our body’s pH levels. Avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks as they can block the body from absorbing water and cause symptoms of dehydration, respectively.
The CDC says that high temperatures kill more people every year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined. Be aware of symptoms of dehydration not just for yourself but for those with you – particularly the elderly or young – so you can act quickly.
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent urination/dark colored urine
A great way to help prepare to enjoy beach get aways and out door events with out getting dehydrated is with a Hydration IV Drip before you go. Or, if you feel like you over did it you can also get the Rehydration or Recovery IV Drip to help you rehydrate and get back to feeling your best.
Call us at 615-553-2202 or walk in today to prepare for your next vacation or event!