Current hot weather conditions on St Helena mean that it is important for us to keep our bodies hydrated more than normal.
If we don't consume enough fluids, over time the body will become dehydrated. When the body becomes dehydrated, there are negative effects on mental and physical function and these become more severe as dehydration gets worse. Symptoms of mild dehydration include a dry mouth, headaches, poor concentration and, if standing for long periods, fainting, which could result in concussion and possible head injury.
The Health Directorate recommends the following drink options to keep you hydrated:
Still Water � our bodies are made up of 70% water and water helps the brain and body function well. Water should make up the biggest portion of your daily liquids.
Best option for something sweet � swap to a sugar-free drink (mixer juice, cool drinks, flavoured waters)
Second-best sweet option � if you want to drink some fruit juice, dilute it with water half and half. Limit the consumption to a couple of times a week at most or otherwise have sugar-free drinks or water.
With St Helena's Day fast approaching and another potentially hot day of traditional events ahead of us, it is important to remember to stay hydrated, especially when parading. Drink plenty of recommended fluids before attending the day and take fluids with you to consume throughout the parade. You might want to leave a drink with family, friends or a group organiser. Adults should avoid consuming alcohol when exposed to heat or standing for long periods of time.
Source: St Helena Government