This is the time of year when we must be reminded about basic hydration facts. As the summer temperatures continue to climb, the risk factor of overheating increases. We have included a brief video that talks about heat stress, hydration, and why it is so important. We've also included a few facts about hydration that may surprise you. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with hydration facts and how you can prevent heat stress or severe injury as you work outside.
First, let's clarify what we mean by hydration. Your body is made up mostly of fluid. Your brain is actually 85% fluid. When your body loses just 2% through perspiration or dehydration your performance is impaired. It get's worse as you lose more fluids. Rehydration can be as simple as drinking water.
Second, your body is chemically balanced with important nutrients to keep you healthy and functioning properly. When you lose body fluids through dehydration or perspiration your body chemicals get out of balance. Potassium and magnesium are just two important nutrients that need to be replenished by your body but it takes time. These nutrients are the fuel that keeps your body operating but when these levels drop you can experience a lack of energy, muscle spasms or even dizziness. These are all signs that our electrolyte levels are low.
Lastly, when we are expending our body energy through work or exercise, pay close attention to your hydration levels. Your body will produce the necessary nutrients naturally but if you get dehydrated, an electrolyte replenishment drink might just be what you need. A product like Sqwincher is specifically designed to aid in the replenishment of electrolytes in your system. It contains 50% more potassium and 50% less sodium than other electrolyte drinks. Why is hydration so important? Do you experience headaches when you exercise? Are you experiencing difficulty concentrating while on the job? Hydration (fluid replenishment) of the body can be a factor in how your body performs. Take a look at these hydration facts and see where you fit in your over-all hydration health.
Heat Relief Products & Accessories
MFASCO's Make a Kit Tool
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Electrolyte Replacement Products
Additional Resources for Heat Relief & Supplies
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