As the area sets into full time summer, the weather will show its hotter side. Uintah Basin residents should be diligent in staying hydrated in these warmer temperatures. Since our bodies are around three-quarters water and it is essential to all major functions of our body being sure we are drinking enough water is a huge part of staying healthy in the summer. Athletes, older adults, and people at higher altitudes are at most risk of suffering from dehydration. Signs of dehydration include thirst, darker urine and decreased urine production. In fact, urine color is one of the best indicators of a person’s hydration level. Clear means you’re doing well and darker means drink more water. Moderate levels of dehydration include dry mouth, lethargy, weakness in muscles, headache, and dizziness. Severe dehydration which is about 10 to 15 percent of the body’s water is lost, has the above symptoms as well as lack of sweating, sunken eyes, shriveled and dry skin, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, delirium, and unconsciousness. Please remember to stay hydrated and keep drinking water!

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