Raise a glass of water!
In our sub-tropical climate, Australians are susceptible to dehydration at any time of the year.
However, as athletes lose more water than the average person through sweat, it’s no surprise they are more vulnerable to the effects of dehydration.
With the State Champs now well underway, Surf Life Saving Queensland is partnering with Queensland Health to remind competitors of the risks of failing to drink enough water.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration is a state in which water has not been replaced quickly enough in the body to balance water that is lost.
How can it happen?
Doing intense exercise that is prolonged or makes you very sweaty
Doing manual labour in a hot environment
Being in a hot or poorly ventilated room
Being in a dry environment, like a long-haul plane flight.
What are the symptoms?
A dry mouth, lips and tongue
What could happen if I don’t treat dehydration?
Ignoring dehydration can have serious, an even fatal, consequences. Your body comprises of about 50 to 75% water which is essential to a range of bodily functions. Thus, left untreated, dehydration can cause your body to deteriorate further, leading to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
How do I treat dehydration?
Drinking small amounts of water regularly or taking oral rehydration solutions are the best ways to treat moderate dehydration. For severe dehydration, call 000 immediately for emergency assistance.
How do I prevent dehydration?
Queensland Health guidelines outline that men should drink 2.6 litres (ten cups) of water each day, and women should drink 2.1litres (8 cups). However, when doing strenuous exercise, you need to drink more water to replace lost fluids to stay hydrated. Sports drinks with electrolytes can help athletes rehydrate, but are not necessary for every day hydration. It’s important to remember that drinks containing excess sugar and caffeine can cause you to go to the bathroom more than usual, putting you at greater risk of dehydration.
So let’s raise a glass (of water) to a well-hydrated weekend in the waves!
*Thanks to Queensland Health for their advice to keep State Champs athletes and spectators safe.