One of the biggest risks associated with time spent in overly warm conditions is dehydration; a potentially life-threatening condition that can easily be avoided. Be aware of the symptoms of dehydration: dry and cracking lips, a sticky mouth, strong smelling and/or dark colored urine, bad breath, pain during urination, headache or dizziness, just to name a few. These are especially important to notice if you are spending time outside with an elderly loved one.
- Drink sweeter drinks such as juice or juice mixes.
- Munch on fruits and vegetables high in liquid content such as grapes, watermelon, pineapple, and celery.
- Eat Popsicles. Not only will this keep you hydrated, but it’s a great way to stay cool.
- After time spent outside, have soup for lunch or a Jell-O snack to help rehydrate your body.