Friday, 27 July 2018

IT'S OFFICIAL!! – England comes to terms with its newly inherited tropical climate!! - July 2018

If you haven’t already discussed it a thousand times over with work colleagues, friends and family, England is experiencing one of its hottest spells on record, with this week’s temperatures set to challenge its all-time high of 38.5C!!

Whilst moans can be heard across the country about the outright atrocity of having to spend sunny days in offices and teaching rooms, staying hydrated in the heatwave isn’t usually at the forefront of our conversations – but it should be!

According to the NHS choices website, the average person should drink around 1.2 litres of water daily (six to eight glasses) but adds – ‘In hotter climates, the body needs more than this’ - So the chances are, you haven’t adjusted to our newly inherited tropical English climate!

‘So’, you ask, ‘how can I tell if my body is dehydrated?’ Well – headaches, tiredness, cramps, a dry mouth and lips could all be dehydration indicators – but there is a simpler solution – check your wee!

But hold on just a minute! – Before you take the advice of this article and reach for an alcoholic beverage to quench your thirst in this glorious sunshine, take note! – Although technically alcoholic drinks contain water, they’re also diuretics, and make you lose water from your body as urine. You can get dehydrated if you drink too much alcohol, so be sure to drink water or other soft drinks if you decide to drink an alcoholic beverage, and remember to always drink responsibly!

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