Dehydration, or the loss of body fluids or water, can be a serious issue for people–especially while exercising in the heat.  Even after eight hours of sleeping, we have likely lost a significant amount of water just from breathing.  Not only do we lose water, we lose minerals and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and magnesium through the skin while we are sweating.

How does dehydration affect us?  It causes fatigue and weakness.  We thirst. Dry mouth is a common sign of dehydration.  More substantial loss of water may occur from exercising in the heat.  This can result in heat exhaustion.  The symptoms of heat exhaustion include confusion, fainting, rapid heart rates, heart palpitations, inability to sweat, and increased body temperatures.

To help avoid these issues and more serious consequences such as ‘heat stroke’ or death, we encourage you to make hydration a priority.   We suggest cooling down with water or ice, and seek medical attention if needed.  Remember to quickly replace any water and minerals you lose, by replenishing sources of water and electrolytes such as fruits, juices, and other dietary sources!

Coach Heffner

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