Travel Sun and Fun
Increased Sun Exposure
When we travel, many of us visit hot and dry destinations where we are more likely to get hot…and SWEATY!
Fact: The body sweats more in hot conditions as it attempts to ‘cool itself’.
o Through sweat there is the loss of both fluid and electrolytes – this can lead to dehydration and / or heat exhaustion.
Heat related illnesses result from a combination of
- Salt depletion (excessive sweating)
Common symptoms of heat illnesses: Dizziness, nausea/vomiting, confusion, cramps, lethargy, headache.
NOTE: Many of the above symptoms are associated with dehydration.
Treatment: Stop exercise, lie flat, raise legs, give oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) if conscious.
As many of us have desk jobs, when we travel we often find ourselves in a more active lifestyle. These activities can range from leisurely strolls through cities to strenuous adventure hiking in remote areas. Either way, depending on the external environment and your own fluid intake they can result in dehydration.
Holidays and Alcohol Consumption
Depending on our destination, most adults like to enjoy a cocktail on the beach or a few glasses of wine over dinner when they travel.
It’s important to remember that alcohol acts as a diuretic. For every standard drink you consume you are likely to urinate 100 mL more than you drink, leading to dehydration.
TIP: Have a glass or two of Hydralyte before you go to bed…and feel the difference in the morning!