How to prevent dehydration
Maybe you’re guilty of not drinking enough water on a regular basis, but there are also other lesser-known reasons you’re dehydrated. Here are the mistakes that could lead to dehydration – and what to do instead.
You ignore the weather forecast
Weather affects more than your outfit for the day – changes in climate can also impact your hydration. “If the atmosphere goes from very dry to humid, it can affect how much you sweat, which will then affect your water requirements for the day,” says Dr Shanna Levine, a clinical instructor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
The more you sweat, the more water you lose; plus, changes to air quality can affect your respiratory drive, causing you to breathe off more water and become dehydrated that way, she says. “I encourage my patients to start each day with an 250ml glass of water and keep a one-litre bottle with them throughout the day so they can keep track,” says Dr Levine.
You don’t take care of your skin
Skin is an organ and a barrier to fluid loss; any time it’s compromised by a burn or sunburn, it can struggle to maintain proper hydration levels, says Dr Levine. Natural ageing can also make it harder for the skin to maintain moisture, she says, so it’s important to keep it properly moisturised and protected from the sun.
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