Enjoying the summer months by the pool is a staple for every family. However, a hot day by a pool in Houston can be dangerous without being hydrated properly.
There is a misconception that people do not require to hydrate while in the water. Well, we got news for you:
- Swimming is a strenuous activity; it involves a lot of energy.
- Any pool activity can cause the body to sweat in a pool regardless of whether we see it.
People often neglect to drink water when swimming; therefore, the pool is a dangerous dehydration zone under the sun’s hot rays.
Importance of Staying Hydrated
The good news is that there are practices that can help anyone stay hydrated by the pool.
- Avoid cramps, dizziness, headaches, and slugginess by hydrating properly before going into the pool. If you start the day with just a bit of water, you can dehydrate faster.
- If infants and newborns are in the pool area, be aware that they cannot regulate body temperature, and they get overheated easily. Breast milk helps them stay hydrated. On the other hand, it is not good to give water to babies if they are under six months of age. It places them at risk for water intoxication (over-dilution of the bloodstream).
- Water-packed fruits like watermelon, peaches, and grapes are healthy and have water to keep children and adults healthy.
- Too much exertion in the summertime can lead to fatigue even if you’re in the water. Keep cold water within reach. Have an iced pitcher or reusable thermos to carry cold drinks.
- Health experts recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day or drink as much as one bottle of water every hour. For example, if you plan to spend a couple of hours by the pool, ensure to consume eight ounces of water per hour. Please don’t take it all at once; you can take it between laps. Water replenishes the body’s fluids and helps to keep focus and alert.
- You don’t need to wait after drinking water to go back to the pool. However, if you feel weak and unable to finish swimming a lap, get out of the pool and relax for a few minutes. Better to be on the ground than in a position where you could come to harm.
Other Ways to Hydrate
Sports drinks have added sugar and calories. However, if you swim at a competitive level, it is good to sip from it instead.
- Contrary to water, sports drinks have electrolytes to help replenish and helps to avoid hypothermia.
- Never quench your thirst with pool water. It holds high levels of chlorine to keep the water disinfected. What’s more, they are open to the air at all times, allowing any number of pollutants to enter the water. Swimming pools also often contain urine, dirt, and germs from other swimmers.
Stay safe this summer and every time you and your family are by the pool. Remember that our staff is ready to answer any questions you have.