urgent careEven though you may not feel the urge to chug water in January like you do when it’s 90 degrees in the summer, hydration is still important. When you do not consume enough water, you risk becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause hazy thinking, mood changes, and cause the body to overheat.  On average in a healthy person, women should have 2.7 L of water a day, where as men should have 3.7 L a day.

Whether it’s hot or cold outside, your body needs water to function properly. Below are a few ways to help make sure you’re consuming enough water.

Carry a Water Bottle with You
Keeping a water bottle with you can really come in handy. Not only will it remind you to drink water throughout the day, it will be there when you become thirsty, and provide you a healthy option instead of that tempting vending machine soda, energy drink, or other sugary beverages.

Some Foods are Also Filled with Water
A few foods may also be sources to water as well including iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, baby carrots, spinach, green peppers, and watermelon.  If those aren’t foods you typically eat, try incorporating them into your daily snacks or meals!

How HRUC Can Help
If you, or someone you know begins to feel faint, dizzy, have darker urine than usual, and can’t hold down fluids, don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment. HRUC is here to provide medical treatment for such cases. Hours of operation include Monday- Friday from 8am-7pm and on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. There is no need to make an appointment, because walk-ins are always welcome!