When the U.S. Drought Becomes Personal

Let’s play a little word association game. When we say the word “monitor” what comes to your mind? Computer monitor? Spending monitor (good one for this holiday season!)? Teachers — how about hallway monitor?

One unusual monitor you may have heard about in the news lately is the U.S. Drought Monitor. It’s basically a map of the country that shows to what extent conditions are dry. Most of the Southeast has been hit hard by drought, so if you look at the map now, you’ll find our neck of the woods pops out with all kinds of dark colors indicating a lack of rain. Alabama is currently experiencing at best “moderate drought” with most counties showing severe, extreme, or exceptional drought.

It’s dry out there.

When it’s dry inside

Many Americans are experiencing their own personal drought — that is, they’re just not getting enough fluids. The average human body is made up of about 50-60% water. We all need to make an effort to replace the water that we lose through normal activity, exercise, and elimination of waste.

The importance of fluids

Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Chandra L. Day-Houts of Montgomery Foot Care Specialists in Montgomery, AL, recommend staying properly hydrated as a means to

  • help the body transport nutrients
  • lubricate joints and muscles
  • regulate body temperature
  • give you energy
  • keep you mentally sharp

Serious dehydration, especially in the elderly, can lead to dizziness, fatigue, weakness, and mental confusion. These in turn put a person at risk for falling and breaking bones or sustaining other serious injuries.

How to stay hydrated

Drinking plain water is a great way to keep your body hydrated. Perk it up by adding a slice of lemon or lime to your glass. Keep a full bottle with you wherever you go, and sip throughout the day.

Fruit and vegetable juices and herbal teas are some other good options.

We have no direct control over when it’ll rain, but we can definitely take steps to control the dryness in our own bodies. Keep yourself in shape by drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods, and remembering to keep your appointments with the river region’s expert podiatrists. Call our office at (334) 396-3668 or click here to contact us online.