Friday, February 18, 2011

Wet Your Whistle - Gerry Godsoe

Rating: ***

Ever felt fatigued, dizzy, or irritable? They can all be caused by mild dehydration. “Wet Your Whistle” is a very informative and well worded magazine article. It will educate you how to keep hydrated and what to do if you are suffering from dehydration.

The article teaches you how to avoid dehydration before it sneaks up on you. Even though studies say that man can go several days without water, most of them would already be suffering from the side effects in only 24 hours. Without enough water, your body and/ or brain will not be able to function properly. Water helps lubricate the moving parts, clean our cells, digest food, regulate out temperature and keep us thinking straight. An early sign of dehydration is; decreased or darker urine. More severe symptoms are dry mouth, skin tenting, lack of perspiration, and delirium. To prevent it, you should drink at minimum 2 litres of water each day. To treat mild dehydration you should drink water and just rest. If it’s more severe medical treatment is recommended.

Dehydration is more serious then many people assume. Most people don’t realise the seriousness until they were a victim of dehydration; from mild cases to severe cases. Its not like its something hard to prevent, millions of people everyday are preventing it without realising. But some people may have to change their daily routine for more water breaks.

No matter the weather or the activity, this article has taught me that it’s always better to bring more water then less. It has also given me a better understanding of dehydration and it will stick with me for the rest of my life. I hope others will learn the same thing I did.

Godsoe, Gerry. “Wet Your Whistle.” Ottawa Outdoors. Summer/Fall 2009. Page 5. Print.

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