In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. All 520 years later, many countries still celebrate the day Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas.
It is now considered an official holiday celebrated as “Columbus Day” in the United States, “Dia de la Raza” in many Latin American countries, “Discovery Day” in the Bahamas, and differently throughout the world. Over the years, various means of commemoration have been adopted anywhere from main street parades to art museum tours.
These celebratory events can last days at a time. If you are planning to celebrate this historic holiday outside, prepare for the sunshine and with sunshine comes heat.
As over 70% of the body’s weight is made up of water, hydration is essential especially when exposed to the sun. Many do not realize the toll dehydration takes on your body. You do not necessarily need to be showing symptoms of grogginess or exhaustion to indicate that you are dehydrated.
Sweating, along with other reasons such as vomiting and skin burns, is a common cause of dehydration. If you are outside watching a parade for hours at a time with the sun beaming down, you are bound to sweat.
Studies show that a person first becomes dehydrated at the point of thirst. After that, effects such as dry mouth, muscle cramps, lightheadedness, and weakness will occur and at that point the risks are increasing.
In order to prevent these possible outcomes, especially during the holidays, one should bring a reusable water bottle with them to refill throughout the day. If you are concerned with what water source you may be filling your bottle with, purchase a filtered water bottle.
In addition, one should focus on drinking water before thirst sets in. Consistently sip on your water bottle to stay hydrated.
If you have another way of staying hydrated during the hot, summer holidays, share with us! Happy Columbus Day!