Safety tip: Stay hydrated (May 1, 2019 Hotline)

Safety tip: Stay hydrated

Drinking at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of fluid every day is important to balance your internal water level. With temperatures warming up in Las Cruces, New Mexico State University would like to remind you to pay even more attention to your body to make sure you don’t suffer from dehydration. Remember, 75 percent of the body’s weight is due to water. We lose water routinely when we breathe, sweat and eliminate waste. In a normal day, we have to drink a significant amount of water to replace this lost hydration.

For those who work outdoors, in high temperatures or have jobs that cause heavy sweating, hydration is even more important. As a reminder, some symptoms of dehydration are thirst, dr mouth, dark urine, muscle cramps, heart palpitations and lightheadedness, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. If you are feeling any of those symptoms, notify your supervisor or some close to you and call 911.

Some things to consider:

  • Try to carry a water bottle with you in your backpack. You can refill it at any of the facilities on campus.
  • If you notice you are sweating a lot, drink more water than you usually do to rehydrate your body.
  • There are drink vending machines and many places on campus where you can purchase water.

Whether you’re walking to classrooms, offices or exercising on the fields around campus, don’t forget to drink eight glasses of water a day. NMSU started installing hydration stations in 2013 where you can fill up reusable water bottles. Now we have more than 60 hydration stations around the campus where you can quench your thirst and help to reduce landfill waste.


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