Updated: Jul 8, 2022
Singapore’s weather can be hot and humid on most days. As such, it is more important for us to ensure that we prevent dehydration from happening. Prevention is better than cure!
Here are 5 tips on how you can stay hydrated in Singapore’s climate!
1. Limit outdoor activities when it gets too hot
Plan outdoor activities according to the weather. Avoid sun exposure especially between 10am and 2pm as sun rays tend to be the strongest around this time. Stay indoors when it is too hot to do much outdoors.
2. Eat more food with high water content
Eating food with high water content is a great alternative to stay hydrated! Many fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and has high water content. Examples are watermelon, strawberries, pineapples, cucumbers, tomatoes, and leafy green vegetables.
3. Avoid activities that can cause overheating
You know your body best. There may be some activities that may cause your body to overheat especially in this climate. Avoid doing those activities or do an alternative activity to get the job done. For example, go to an air-conditioned gym if exercising outdoors can cause your body to overheat!
4. Don’t wait till you’re thirsty
You are already slightly dehydrated by the time you feel thirsty. Have small sips of water throughout the day and drink more when it is hotter and/or when you’re more active.
5. Dress for the weather
Singapore’s weather is not exactly sweater weather (very rare!). Do not layer on thick clothes but instead, wear light and loose-fitting clothing to allow your skin to breathe. This will allow your body to stay cooler throughout the day.
Do not wait for dehydration symptoms to appear before you decide to stay hydrated. Symptoms of dehydration may include:
Fast heartbeat and breathing
Low blood pressure
Little to no urine
Look out for these symptoms amongst your loved ones too. Remind family and friends to stay hydrated. It is easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle when everyone around you is doing it together.