Season is here and desert life is in full swing! Galas, golf, parties and polo. Delectable weather and dryer days. Early morning hikes and evening dinners. Festival weekends and poolside soirées.
To ensure you enjoy it all, don’t forget to drink up (water, that is!).
Dehydration is one of the most common conditions treated in our local emergency rooms, says Desert Care Network Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator Gael Whetstone, BSN, RN.
“When you combine alcohol and coffee (both diuretics) with our low humidity and heat, the results can be hazardous,” she says. “If you throw in a hike [or any exercise] where you’ll lose even more moisture and your metabolism speeds up, it can sometimes be deadly.” And, if you feel thirsty before you begin, you’re probably already dehydrated.
We hear it all the time, but it can’t be said enough, and sometimes, simply drinking water is not enough. Be sure to start your day with a glass (read why from naturopathic doctor Shari Jainuddin, NMD). Add lemon, a pinch of Himalayan sea salt and local honey for natural electrolytes, and carry convenient packs with you throughout your day.
If headache, dizziness, dry mouth or muscle cramps set in, you may need a bit more. In “Fueling for Fun,” doctor Delany Quick, ND offers tips for preparing and replenishing.
Don’t miss out on all our valley has to offer. Throughout your day, remember to drink up!