6 Tips For Staying Hydrated

Both doctors agree, your best defense against dehydration is prevention. Follow these six tips to stay safe and healthy, especially when temperatures — or your activity levels — increase:

  1. Don’t wait till you’re thirsty to drink. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already slightly dehydrated. Sip water steadily throughout the day and drink more fluids than usual when the weather is hot, especially if you’re active.
  2. Flavor your water. If plain water tastes boring to you, you can add flavor with fresh fruits or a splash of fruit juice. You can also consume clear broths, ice pops or sports drinks (especially if you’re doing intense exercise). Just make sure to limit caffeine and alcohol.
  3. Eat water-rich fruits and vegetables. Certain fruits and vegetables contain plenty of water in addition to healthful nutrients. Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches and pineapples are fruits with high-water content. Water-rich vegetables include cucumbers, leafy greens, radishes, celery, zucchini and tomatoes.
  4. Stay inside when it gets too hot. On very hot days, stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, try a shopping center, movie theater or public library. Avoid sun exposure, especially between 10 am and 2 pm, when the rays are strongest. Plan outdoor activities in the early morning or evening.
  5. Dress for the weather. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing that lets your skin breathe. Dark colors absorb heat, so stick with lighter shades. Wear a wide-brimmed hat in the sun to keep your head cool and use plenty of sunscreen to avoid sunburn, which can increase your skin temperature and make it harder to stay cool.
  6. Be aware of the signs of dehydration (below). If anyone in your family is ill, pay attention to how much they’re able to drink — especially young children and the elderly. Anyone with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea should drink plenty of fluids. Do not wait for signs of dehydration to appear.

From Scripps.org

A Sweet Dream That Made Me Smile Yet Sad

Dreams are always something that reflects your inner desires and your wishes. I sometimes even dream about stuff that I keep thinking about during the day. Last night’s dream was really good and sweet. I dunno when it was supposed to be set, as in exactly how old I am in it but I don’t think it is a current age but just supposed to be a few years ago. In this dream some of my family members and I are vacationing in a resort beach area somewhere. Which is odd, since I have never been to a beach resort in my life.

Anyway, among some of the people that I do remember one is a cousin of mine who lives in the US since 1999 and who I haven’t seen since 2000. I think we are sharing a room with two single beds in this dream and we spend a lot of time with others outside and in the late evenings, we play music and read. The house that we are renting was next to another shack which had a family of 6 – a woman in her 60s, her mother & younger sister and 3 daughters. The two women in their 60s were recently widowed and this was their first trip as a family after 2 years due to the death of their husbands.

Their family & ours spent a lot of time together picnicking, playing games at the beach and relaxing. It was like one big family even though we had just met them. In the nights we would all have a movie night as well. My cousins and I got close to the 3 younger women, the 3 daughters but it was obvious that the middle daughter and I had become really close. I don’t recall too much else from the dream other than we spent a lot of time together, away from the rest of the crowd.

When it was finally time for us to leave for our homes we took photos and group selfies a lot. Her mother saw that I was standing with her middle daughter in all the pics and her family approved of a possible alliance of their daughter to me. I was kinda shocked that they agreed to it without any hesitation and they infact were very positive about this. I spoke to the young woman and she was very enthusiastic and it was all very sweet and happy. When I woke up a little after that I was highly disappointed that I had this dream as reality is far, far away from the dream.