Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day to balance your internal water level. With summer time highs reaching above 100 degrees here in Las Cruces, it is extremely important to stay hydrated!
It’s this time of year when our outside temperature rises and when we need to pay attention to our self-regulating bodies. We need to make sure we don’t suffer from dehydration. Remember, 75% of the body’s weight is due to water. We lose water routinely when we breathe, as humidified air leaves the body, sweat to the cool the body, and when we urinate/bowel movement. In a normal day, we have to drink a significant amount of water to replace this routine loss.
Those of us who are working outside, in different temperatures (FIRE!) or have job that causes you to sweat, it is important that you stay hydrated. As a reminder, some symptoms of dehydration are thirst, dry mouth, dark urine, muscle cramps, heart palpitations, and lightheadedness which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. If you are feeling any of those symptoms, please notify your supervisor or someone close to you and call 9-1-1.
The New Mexico State Fire Department would like to remind you to stay hydrated when you’re walking class to class or playing soccer on the field.
Just some things to consider:
- Try and carry a water bottle with you in your backpack, you can refill it in almost any of the facilities on campus.
- If you notice you have sweat a lot drink more water than you usually do to help replenish your body.
- There are several drink vending machines on campus that you can purchase a drink too!
Stay hydrated and be safe!