LONDON — If you are planning a weekend trip on a private yacht, take extra care to stay hydrated and keep your body cool.
The risk of dehydration is increased when you have to swim at sea, according to the American College of Surgeons.
“You should drink plenty of water and consume plenty of electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, sodium and chloride,” said Dr. Richard DeYoung, an emergency medicine physician and chairman of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Miami.
When you have more water in your system, you will need to drink more water.
If you drink too much water, you may experience muscle cramps and nausea.
If you have had a stroke, you might experience severe headache, fatigue and nausea.
“If you do have a stroke and have trouble drinking, you should avoid swimming in salt water, which has been linked to increased rates of stroke, the American Heart Association said in a recent news release.
If it happens at sea while you are at sea — and not in the ocean — it is possible you could be exposed to dangerous levels of the hormone oxytocin, according the CDC.”
The risk is higher if you have an injury to your heart, your heart muscle or arteries that causes your blood pressure to drop,” DeYoung said.
If the yacht is on a low-lying beach, you can take the advice of experts to avoid water that is salty.
“You’re trying to maintain a healthy blood pressure and urine.””
It’s the same idea,” said Michael Dyer, a senior clinical associate professor at the American Institute of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
“You’re trying to maintain a healthy blood pressure and urine.”
If the ship is on an artificial reef, “it’s like a small pool,” he said.
You can also drink an electrolyte drink, which is made from fruit juices.
“They’re great for hydration and weight loss,” Dyer said.
“If you get into an accident, it could have a lot of adverse consequences,” he added.
There are also several steps you can do to keep your health in check during a yacht trip, such as eating fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding caffeine, not drinking alcohol and staying hydrated.
If it rains, take a bath or a shower before going out and stay out of the sun.
“In general, you want to drink about a half-cup of water per hour,” DeKnight said.
“The salt helps you flush out excess salts and make your urine alkali.”
If your symptoms don’t get better within two to three days, you are probably dehydrated, and your body can’t produce enough electrolytes to keep you hydrated, he said, so you should seek help immediately.
In addition, dehydration could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The American College’s guidelines suggest drinking a glass or two of water or one-half cup of fluid a day, although that may not be enough.
“If you’re not getting enough salt, it’s a bit of a stretch to say that you should go to the doctor,” DeKing said.
People can drink water at the beach or in the water cooler in their homes, but they need to be careful to not expose themselves to too much salt water.
DeKnight said you can also use a salt water bottle to keep salt levels low in your body, which you can put in the refrigerator if you want.
“It’s important to drink a glass, not a glassy water bottle,” he advised.
“You need salt in your diet,” he explained.
“In other words, you need salt when you eat.
So you want a salt-based diet, and a saltwater diet.
You want salt to keep the body at normal temperatures, and saltwater keeps the body in optimum conditions.”