By Sophia van Gent
You know when you were a kid and your parents kept telling you to drink more water and you didn’t really listen to it? Still don’t really listen that advice? Well, maybe you should. After all, they do have a point.
With summer already in swing and with temperatures often over 30°C, the chance of suffering heat stress increases dramatically. Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster. The 2014 January heatwave saw 203 heat-related deaths, a 20-fold increase in ambulance call outs and a four-fold increase in calls to nurses-on-call.
The 2014 Australian Open was suspended for an afternoon on the 16th of January because of the heat, where off-court ambulances treated almost 1000 tennis fans for heat exhaustion in the first few days.
To prevent heat stress, stay cool and keep air circulating around you, be sunwise (wear a hat, use sunscreen and cover exposed skin), rest regularly in the shade and drink plenty of water or other cool, non-alcoholic fluids.
Yeah, I know, sometimes you really don’t want to be drinking 3 bottles of liquid that tastes like, nothing, but honestly you will want to reach for your water bottle – even if just for the sake of your own health.
Keeping hydrated, especially on hot days, also prevents heat stroke and prevents serious damage can occur to internal organs. Whilst water is essential for our bodies to function, drinking water can benefit your health as it provides a natural cure for headache, helps your immune system, improves digestion, helps increase the flow of nutrients and by releasing endorphins it makes us happy.
Not only that but now new research has shown that increasing the water intake can have positive effects on a person’s mood levels and energy levels.
Researchers wrote that the results “…suggest that an increase or decrease in habitual water intake have, respectively, an improving or worsening effect on mood and sensations depending upon an individual’s habitual drinking habits.”
So next time you head out, grab your water bottle with you. If you don’t like drinking nothing, try infusing your water with fruit (here’s some ideas for fruit-infused water! http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/fruit-infused-waters#.gpbBy8MzwO)
What tips do you have for drinking more water?