Drinking water in hot weather: Three important rules

Staying Hydrated During the Heat: Tips from a Medical Expert

Hot weather can be dangerous if not properly protected against. Dr. Tran Thi Phuong Thao from Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital – Facility 3 emphasizes the importance of staying hydrated during these times, as about 60% of our body is water. Proper hydration is essential for our bodies to function effectively, especially on hot days.

Drinking water correctly is crucial during the hot season. It is recommended to drink filtered water between 10-30 degrees Celsius and avoid cold water, as it can have negative effects on the body such as shock or gastrointestinal discomfort. It is also important to limit the consumption of diuretic beverages like tea, coffee, beer, and wine, and to supplement with additional water.

It is important to drink enough water, but not too much. Factors like age, gender, activity level, and overall health influence how much water the body needs. Monitoring the color of your urine can help determine if you are drinking enough water, with light yellow urine indicating proper hydration.

During hot weather, the body loses a lot of water through sweat, so it is important to replenish electrolytes like sodium and potassium. It is advised to drink water slowly and evenly throughout the day, rather than all at once, especially after exercising or heavy work. Adding fruits and vegetables with high water content and vitamins to your diet is also beneficial for staying hydrated.

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