Your portable oxygen concentrator or home oxygen filling system is a great resource in any season, but it is particularly handy in hot conditions.
Under hot conditions – like the past few record-setting summers or during one of the power outages following this summer’s massive storms – the body expends even more energy keeping itself cool. Sweat may look unsightly, but it’s a sign that your body is cooling itself naturally. If you don’t sweat at least a little in extreme heat, you could be dehydrated, according to the Mayo Clinic.
To maintain healthy living habits during any season, keep yourself hydrated.
- Drink at least eight cups daily: While the need for liquid varies by body, Duke Medicine recommends drinking at least eight cups a day. Water is a wise choice, but nearly any kind of fluid will suffice in a pinch. Sport drinks have the added benefit of electrolytes, which are minerals that aid in hydration.
- Eat water-rich food like watermelon and lettuce to provide extra hydration, Duke Medicine also recommends.
- Hydrate your body externally through cool showers, swimming or water aerobics, according to HealthiNation. These activities have the added benefit of lowering your body temperature so you can breathe easier.
- Plan around the weather: The hottest part of the day begins around noon, when the sun is at its highest point, and lasts until 5 p.m. as the ground continues absorbing heat. Humidity, breeze and other elements factor into how the heat feels to you. Phoenix, Arizona, famous for its 100-degree days, enjoys a more tolerable “dry heat,” while places like Gainesville, Florida, endure more uncomfortable humidity.
Hydration is vital to healthy living – use every advantage to not just endure, but enjoy, every season. To learn more about maintaining your active lifestyle with portable oxygen solutions, visit the Oxygen & You webpage today.