Why Water Wins!
Our body loses fluid when we breathe, sweat and urinate, and in order to stay healthy you should ensure that you replace the fluid you’ve lost. The best way to do this is simply to make sure you drink enough water. If we don’t drink enough water then we become dehydrated which is dangerous because the minerals in our body become unbalanced which can affect the way our body functions.
The signs of dehydration are:
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- A dry mouth
- Feeling thirsty
Water is the healthiest choice when you’re thirsty or dehydrated as it doesn’t contain sugars which can harm your teeth. It is recommended that women should drink 1.6 litres of fluid a day which is the equivalent of about 8 glasses of water and for men the recommended amount is 2.0 litres which is approximately 10 glasses of water.
These are the recommended amounts and are only an approximate value, so if you drink a little less than this or a little more don’t be too worried. The amount a person needs to drink can vary depending on many factors for example, if it’s a hot and sunny day or if it’s you’ve exercised. And don’t forget, if you find plain water a little dull, why not add some lime, lemon, cucumber or strawberries … the list is endless. Have fun and drink up!
With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining, it’s the best time to go outside and have some summer fun! But it’s important that you know how to stay safe when you’re out in the sun on long, hot summer days.
The sun sends UV rays down to earth which we can’t see because they’re invisible, but they are definitely there. If you spend too much time outside without the right protection, you could be affected by harmful UV rays which can cause severe sunburn, premature aging and in some extreme cases, it can even lead to cataracts or skin cancer. So it’s vital that you know how to protect yourself when you’re enjoying the summer sun.
Wear Sun Cream
You should put on sun cream at least 15 minutes before you go outside and make sure you cover everywhere that is exposed to the sun. Try to use a sun cream with SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number indicates how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned.
When You Go Outside And How Long You Stay Outside
The sun’s rays are strongest between 11.00am-3.00pm so during this time period try to take frequent breaks from the sun by going inside and grabbing a drink or moving into the shade.
It’s not just the sun’s rays you need to be careful of, you also need to watch out for the sun’s heat. If you stay outside for a long period of time you might become dehydrated so make sure you take a bottle of water out with you or try to move into the shade as it will be slightly cooler in temperature.