Summer has arrived in the North State which means triple digit temperatures are a regular occurrence. Whether you are out enjoying our beautiful lakes and trails, participating in sports, or taking your dog on an evening walk it is important to make staying hydrated a priority. Proper hydration helps our bodies regulate its temperature, carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells, and provides lubrication to the joints and many other essential body functions.
Experts Offer These Hydration Tips
- Be sure to hydrate BEFORE spending time outdoors. Waiting to drink until you are already thirsty and hot is not as effective at preventing hydration. Adults should consume 17-20 ounces and children should drink 4-8 ounces prior to activity
- While outside adults should consume 7-10 ounces every 20 minutes and children should consume 5-9 ounces every 20 minutes
- Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing
- Take frequent breaks in the shade
Signs And Symptoms Of Dehydration
The following are signs of mild dehydration. If you are a healthy adult these symptoms can be self-treated by drinking more fluids or a sports drink. If a child or elderly adult experiences any of the following consult a physician:
- Dry lips and tongue
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Dizziness, fatigue
- Dark colored urine
More severe dehydration requires immediate medical attention:
- Rapid breathing or heart rate
- Inability to keep liquids down
- Extreme fatigue
- Little to no urine output
- Sunken eyes
It is very important to stay in tune to your bodies warning signs. It is always a good idea to consult your health care provider for tips to stay safe in the sun.
Paul Evans, our Pharmacist at our Palo Cedro location recommends Thermotabs to help prevent heat exhaustion. Thermotabs can be used by golfers, tennis players and other athletes as well as at the beach or in homes, offices, stores, kitchens or industries where high temperatures can cause heat fatigue. These supplements are available at owens retail pharmacies. For more information, give us a call at 1-800-MYOWENS.
As an added bonus to help you stay safe in the sun, we are inviting all of our customers to come on in to any one of our Owens pharmacies to receive a FREE mini sunscreen! Please print off or show one of our customer service reps the below coupon to receive this free gift!
Let Owens help you safely enjoy the sun this summer. Our pharmacists are available to answer any questions you may have about products we carry, including how to use them properly. For more information about other products we carry, or to transfer your prescription to Owens, please call 1-800- My-Owens (800-696-9367) or visit our RX Transfer page.