Dehydration occurs when an individual loses more fluid from the body than they take in. When this happens, the body can no longer function normally and the body will begin to show signs and symptoms due to the lack of fluid. Symptoms of mild dehydration include headaches, light-headedness and fatigue but this can progress to more serious symptoms such as dizziness, low blood pressure and even seizures.
Hot tub users can become dehydrated much more easily due to the high water temperature which causes the body to sweat more. Sweating is one of the main ways that fluid is lost from the body. For this reason, it's important to make sure you are hydrated before using a hot tub, during use and afterwards.
To ensure maximum enjoyment and safety, here are some top tips for keeping hydrated in your hot tub:
Always have water to hand
This might sound obvious but making sure that you have water available while you're in the hot tub is a good idea. Take an insulated bottle with you so that the water will keep cool.
Install a Spa Caddy
Having a surface to place items on while you're in your hot tub means that you are much more likely to remember to take drinks with you. A Spa Caddy is easily attached to the side of your hot tub and offers an ideal storage place for beverages.
It can be tempting to sit back and relax with a refreshing glass of wine at he end of a long day but you should always exercise caution with alcohol when a hot tub is involved. Although you may not notice it at the time, alcohol itself causes dehydration, so add that to the hot temperature of the water and you could be looking at a recipe for disaster. If you are wanting to drink alcohol in your hot tub, again make sure you have water available to top up your fluid levels.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Most fruits and vegetables have a very high water content, especially things such as watermelon and cucumber. This is another great way to get some extra fluid into your body whilst consuming your 5 a day!
Don't exceed the recommended time limit
We recommend that you spend around 20-30 minutes at a time in a hot tub. This will vary from person to person but just as a guide, you should probably think about exiting the hot tub after this time and then returning after a short break. This break time is a good opportunity to replace some of the lost fluids before re-entering.
Using a hot tub should be a pleasant experience and by keeping a check on your hydration, there's no reason at all why it shouldn't be.