Friday, July 13, 2018

Expert Offers Heat Health and Hydration Tips on Ch. 4

When summertime temperatures in Utah reach 90 and above, it may be a so-called dry heat but it can feel and act like an oven. Hot weather can be dangerous for certain people in some situations, particularly the young, elderly and sick. At its worst, hot weather can be deadly for some. By following a few tips, everyone can reduce their risk of heat-related illnesses like heat stroke, exhaustion, cramps and rash.

Terri Mehlhoff, clinical manager of the Center for Health and Wellness at Salt Lake Community College, spoke with Ch. 4's Surae Chinn about five healthy hydration tips to beat the summer heat.

Terri Mehlhoff

  •        Stay hydrated, especially if you work outside or engage in physical activity under the hot sun. That means drinking about half of your body weight in ounces per day.
  •        Eat hydrating foods like cucumbers, watermelon, raw broccoli or tomatoes along with drinking water throughout the day. Try keeping a water bottle with you during the day, which can help you track your fluid intake.
  •        A way to measure whether you’re staying hydrated can be to look at the color of your urine, which should be a light yellow or straw colored. If it’s darker than that, drink more.
  •        Don’t use thirst as an indicator of whether you need to hydrate more. Thirst can be an early indicator you are becoming dehydrated, which is not a good thing.
  •       Avoid overconsumption of caffeine and alcohol, which work as diuretics that can more quickly dehydrate your body in hot weather. Also avoid using sugary beverages to quench your thirst, as they add unneeded calories for most people.