April 19, 2021
CM Content Team
In India, summer is synonymous with holidays. But it also comes with certain challenges. With summers knocking at the door, it is important to be prepared to deal with heat-waves and stay hydrated in the scorching heat. Given that 60% of the human body is composed of water, it is obvious that water is an indispensable life force. It is integral to your digestive, skin, hair and nail health. Not hydrated during summer can cause dehydration, which can lead to fatigue, dizziness, heat-stroke, or even fainting spells.
You may face an increased risk of dehydration if you choose to travel for long hours in summer. We’ve listed down some reasons for dehydration so that you can be aware and take the necessary steps during your travel:
* During long-haul flights, passengers may experience a lack of humidity in the plane’s cabin air, which leads to dehydration in some people.
* Travelling across time zones can disrupt your body's natural rhythm and lead to symptoms of jet lag. Staying hydrated can help minimize these symptoms and make it easier to adjust to a new time zone.
* When you travel, you are more likely to be outdoors and sweat. Heavy sweating due to prolonged heat exposure deprives the body of fluids and electrolytes. And if you don’t drink enough water, the risk of dehydration increases.
* Another common health problem faced by travellers during summer is diarrhoea (due to contaminated food or water). If you vomit or have diarrhoea, your body can lose a large amount of water and nutrients, making you dehydrated quickly.
If you are planning to go for a vacation in the summer, make sure to prioritise your health. Some of India’s most popular tourist places in the summer months can get quite hot, with temperatures ranging from 35 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius.
Here is a guide on how to stay hydrated during summer that can be handy while you are travelling:
* Carry water bottles every time you step out. Ensure that you have enough clean drinking water with you.
* Try to remain hydrated throughout your trip. You may take small sips of water within short breaks and avoid drinking excess water at one time.
* Be aware of how much you are sweating. The more you sweat, the more fluids you’ll need to replenish.
* Remember that carbonated beverages, colas, processed sugary drinks, coffee, and tea are popular beverages, but they are by no means substitutes for water.
* While you might be tempted to grab a cold beer or an alcoholic drink while travelling, balance it out with adequate water intake to avoid becoming dehydrated.
* Try consuming foods that have high water content. Fruits such as apples, pineapples, muskmelons, watermelons, oranges, and peaches are the best during summer. Coconut water or buttermilk are also great options.
* If you're engaging in activities that cause excessive sweating, such as hiking or sightseeing in hot weather, you may benefit from electrolyte supplements to replenish lost minerals like sodium and potassium.
* Watch out for warning signs like sunken eyes, flushed skin, dark urine, muscle cramps, or fatigue. If you notice any of these signs, head to the shade and replenish your body with liquids.
* Resting and taking breaks during travel can help reduce stress and fatigue, which can also contribute to dehydration. Take a break in a shaded area or air-conditioned space, and drink water regularly to stay hydrated.
* If possible, stay in air-conditioned environments, such as malls, restaurants, or your hotel room, during the hottest parts of the day.
* Choose clothing made of light and breathable fabrics, such as cotton or linen, to avoid excessive sweating and dehydration.
* If you’re travelling during the day, carry an umbrella, wear a cap or a hat and sunglasses. Apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Reapply sunscreen every few hours if you’re spending time outside.
* Consider using cooling accessories like a neck cooler or cooling towel, which can help regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable in hot weather.
The above-mentioned tips to stay hydrated are essential for maintaining good health, preventing heat-related illnesses, and ensuring that you have the energy to enjoy your holidays to the fullest. Drinking plenty of fluids, including water, herbal teas, and fresh fruit juices are some of the best ways to prevent dehydration in summer.
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Also Read: 5 Outdoor Activities to Do with Friends & Family in Summer
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.