«Phoenix can get hot. Very hot. With the rapid expansion of the city, the valley in which it rests has been slowly transforming into an urban heat sink. As a Phoenix resident, I’m well acquainted with the threat to human health that extreme heat may present. Just in Arizona, many people will fall victim to heat-related illnesses this summer, especially people who fail to hydrate properly. Some of them will die. In 2020, there were 520 heat-related deaths in Arizona, and in June of 2021, severe heat illness was responsible for 53 fatalities in Maricopa County alone during a single week.»

«But maintaining an appropriate hydration level is essential for a healthy life at any time of the year. A person’s hydration status can significantly impact many aspects of their well-being, including mood, physical performance, kidney function, skin condition, and even mental state and cognition. The elderly are at a significantly higher risk for dehydration due to cognitive decline, inadequate care, and/or physiological changes associated with both aging and comorbidities, such as poor kidney function and thirst response.»

«Despite these well-understood health implications, most people across the U.S. still don’t drink enough water. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey studied 4,000 children in the U.S. between the ages of 6 and 19 from 2009 to 2012. The study showed that more than half of children and adolescents failed to stay adequately hydrated.»

«The problem is similar among adults, especially for the “weekend warriors” and amateur athletes who love to stay active. The sad truth is that most people have no idea how to stay properly hydrated.»

Article written by Jennifer Kukral.



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