Be Sure to Stay Hydrated as the Temperature Rises

Jul 16, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Long Beach Township lifeguards had a busy Sunday responding to a number of serious heat-related situations on the ocean beaches. And as the forecast for the upcoming weekend looks steamy, the beach patrol reminds those outside in the hot sun to “stay hydrated and listen to your body.”

“The heat is taking its toll,” the LBTBP posted on its Facebook page on July 14. “Notify lifeguards if you notice someone that appears to be in distress due to a possible medical emergency. We’re always standing by ready to assist.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a major summer heat wave – characterized as at least three straight days of 90 degree or higher temperatures – is on tap for the Jersey Shore as the weekend approaches.

As oceanresourcenet.org notes, “Dehydration is a serious medical condition that often requires hospitalization.” In addition to thirst, early warning signs of dehydration include fatigue, loss of appetite, flushed skin, heat intolerance, light-headedness, dark-colored urine and dry cough. Signs of severe dehydration, meanwhile, include rapid and weak pulse, cold hands and feet, difficulty swallowing, clumsiness, dim vision, muscle spasms and even coma.

“Water is essential to good health,” the site states. “It helps your body to regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, lessen the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products, carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells, prevent constipation, protect organs and tissues and dissolve nutrients to make them accessible to the body.

“Most people need about eight cups of water per day. You get water from other fluids like milk, juice, decaffeinated drinks and the foods you eat. The best food sources of water are fruits and vegetables. While eating fruits, vegetables and other foods can provide a third to a half of your daily water needs, be sure to drink plenty of plain water. … Don’t get caught without it!” —J.K.-H.

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