Staying Hydrated in Summer’s Heat (Part 1: Hydration is Important)

Hydration is important all year long, but especially during the summer. The dire effect of the recent heat wave that is sweeping through the central and eastern parts of the United States this summer is a stark reminder of just how important it is to stay hydrated.

Why Is Hydration Important?

Water makes up about 60 percent of body weight in human beings. Each time we perspire, urinate, defecate, and even exhale, we lose water. Every day, we lose about 2.5 liters of water. Replenishing our water supply is a vital part of staying healthy, and of surviving.

Lack of water can cause dehydration, which causes symptoms including:

  • Dry Skin
  • Loss of Short-Term Memory
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Kidney Stones
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Pain
  • Vision Problems

When we become dehydrated, our oral health is also adversely affected. Water cleanses the mouth, neutralizing and removing the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.

Stay tuned for information on staying hydrated.

To learn more about how you can protect your oral and overall health, or to schedule a dental appointment, call Dr. James Fondriest of Lake Forest Dental Arts at 847.234.0517 today.

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