This week the UK has been swept by a mini heatwave, with temperatures reaching nearly 30C in some areas of the country. That is why it is essential to stay hydrated during this hot blast.
Yesterday (April 19th), temperatures tipped the scales at 29.1C in St James’s Park in central London, making it the hottest UK April temperature in 70 years. This also meant that Londoners and tourists alike flocked to every available green space in the capital to sunbathe and bask in the heat.
However, Brits have been reminded to take care of themselves in the hot weather, otherwise they could become seriously ill.
Dr Hamira Ul-Haque, medical officer from Push Doctor, told BT Home we should be drinking six to eight glasses of water every day. However, during sunny days, it is wise to increase this to ten glasses.
She also suggested swapping water for milk, as this is the best liquid for hydration, slowly absorbing into the body and, therefore, remaining in there for longer.
“When you sweat, you’re losing more than water. You’re also losing important electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, both of which are found in milk, but not water,” the doctor stated.
Liquids that should be avoided are alcohol and caffeinated drinks, as these are diuretics, which means you will urinate more often when drinking them, and subsequently lose more water.
The reason why it is so important to stay hydrated is because losing liquid affects the body’s mineral balance, and it cannot function well without enough water.
“Left unchecked, it can lead to kidney stones, constipation, heat exhaustion and heatstroke,” Dr Ul-Haque remarked.
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