It's the first day of spring and that means festivals, crawfish boils and just enjoying the outdoors. As we move deeper into the season, staying healthy in the midst of all the activities takes action.
It was a jammed-packed outdoor party weekend, but for some the party dried up quickly. Dr. Angela McLean said, “It can be kind of scary because you can fall out.” All because people forget the basics.
McLean said, “You may feel a little light headed, really kind of sweaty, you may feel your heart racing, you may even feel some muscle cramps all those can be symptoms of dehydration."
With even warmer days ahead and plenty of outdoor events to come planning ahead will make sure that your family fun isn't interrupted by a medical emergency.
Michael Ortiz says it's easy to get sidetracked, but important to stay prepared especially with small children. He said, “It's one of those things you just have to remember before you leave the house to just grab a bottle of water and take it with you where ever you go.”
Emma Migdal said, “Grandma's always bring water, tissues.”
Migdal is visiting her grandchildren from Massachusetts. She said, “You did an obstacle course in the back yard yesterday and by the time you finished.
Marley her granddaughter said, “I was so thirsty. Yeah because sometimes when I don't drink enough water I get a lot of headaches.”
McLean, an associate professor of clinical medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, says strenuous activity like running or dancing could mean you need even more water. She said, “Just throughout the day you can sometimes lose a couple of liters and particularly if it is really warm outside. When you add some of those other losses through sweat you would really be surprised how much fluid you actually really need to stay hydrated.”
McLean says water is best and the added sugar of sports drinks isn't necessary for the average person. She said, “They come with a lot of sugar which particularly if you are diabetic is not very healthful so they are really kind of marketed as a health food supplement, but they really aren't. All you need is water.”
Doctors say alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can have a dehydrating effect so make sure to increase your water intake.