(This guest post is authored by Kate Jerman of Get Outdoors Colorado)
Coloradoans are excited to be outside all-year round, but this is especially true in the summer. Whether you are climbing a fourteener, paddling on the lake, hiking the local trail, or simply on a picnic at the park, it is important to know your hydration facts. Living at elevation, Coloradoans are more susceptible to dehydration and therefore require more water to stay healthy. Anytime you leave your house, don’t forget your water bottle. Read on as Get Outdoors Colorado busts common dehydration myths.
- Myth: Dehydration Is Not Dangerous.
Fact: Wrong! Not drinking water or not drinking enough water can have dire consequences from headaches and fatigue to more serious complications like swelling of the brain, kidney failure and seizures. Dehydration symptoms can be especially problematic to identify in children. If you are hiking with little ones make sure to monitor their status closely.
- Myth: Thirst Is Not A Reliable Hydration Tool.
Fact: It is not reliable in all cases, but it is a good starting point to see where your body is. When you exercise, for instance, your body’s thirst mechanism cannot keep up. Be sure to drink water before, during, and after physical activities. Maybe not the best summer fun, but monitoring urine color is a reliable way to tell if you are hydrated. Producing roughly six cups of colorless or light yellow urine each day likely means you are getting enough fluids.
- Myth: Staying Hydrated Eliminates Heat Stroke Risk.
Fact: While dehydration makes you prone to conditions such as heat stroke, hydration alone does not prevent it. A number of other factors play a role, such as body size, exercise intensity, health conditions, age, humidity, and air temperature. Hydration will greatly reduce your risk, but also pay attention to other contributing factors.
You know H2O is the way to go. There are numerous benefits of staying hydrated – mainly it improves your quality of life and keeps you healthy especially when you are playing outside. Keeping hydrated helps you maintain your body fluid levels, keep your energy levels up and keep you having a great time outdoors.
Want more? Grab a water bottle and quench your thirst for outdoor adventure at: www.getoutdoorscolorado.org.