Do you have dry skin, headaches, dry mouth and fatigue? If so, congratulations, you may be dehydrated.
As the weather in Tucson is hitting the triple digits, itâ€™s becoming more imperative to drink water and stay hydrated. No one wants to be the person who passes out in a pool of their own sweat, only to wake up in the medical center with bags of fluid hooked up to them intravenously.
â€œIn the wintertime, we recommend that people drink at least two liters a day,â€ said Kai Jones, 355th Medical Group triage nurse. â€œIn the summertime, we donâ€™t put a limit on the amount of water someone should drink. Itâ€™s so dry in Tucson and with a low humidity, you can be losing water and not even realize it. I suggest people sip on water all day so they stay hydrated.â€
Water for the human body is like oil to a car. Sure, you may last a while without it, but eventually, youâ€™ll crash … maybe on your face.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t take much for us to become dehydrated,â€ Jones said. â€œAll of our systems need water to work properly. If someone is not drinking enough water, their systems will begin to shut down.â€
Confusion, muscle cramps, lack of sweat and death are all possible from dehydration. To counter those symptoms, water is the best bet. Not coffee, soda, or energy drinks, just water.
â€œThe caffeine in coffee and energy drinks will dehydrate the body and so will the sugar in soda,â€ Jones said. â€œIf someone wants to have sports drinks, I suggest they mix it half and half with water because the body does need the electrolytes when working out.â€
People need to make sure they have water stored away in their vehicle, in case the car breaks down, says Jones. She suggests keeping at least a gallon of water for the individual and also a gallon for the carâ€™s radiator. These tips may seem odd for those Air Force members who come from a state with less intense heat and sun.
â€œThe problem with the military is that many of the people stationed here may never have seen the desert before,â€ Jones said. â€œItâ€™s important for them to understand the dangers of dehydration. Airmen not only need to look after themselves, but also each other.â€