Protect Your Throat From The Colorado Summer

Protect Your Throat

Colorado has a semi-arid climate, with low humidity and hot summers. Humidity in Colorado is typically between 30% and 40%, and can go lower.

Colorado’s summer heat and dry air can be harsh on your throat, leaving it dry, scratchy, and uncomfortable. Here are some top tips and remedies to keep your throat happy and healthy during the hot summer months.

Staying hydrated is crucial 

Here are some key points to remember:

  • How much water? While the eight-glasses-a-day rule is a general guideline, individual needs vary. A more accurate way to determine your fluid needs is by body weight. Aim for half an ounce to one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. So, for a 150-pound person, that’s 75 to 150 ounces of fluids daily.
  • Listen to your body: Thirst is a sign of dehydration, so don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Make it a habit to sip water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel parched.
  • More than just water: Water is ideal, but other fluids can contribute to your daily intake. Unsweetened teas, fruits and vegetables with high water content (watermelon, cucumber, celery), and even low-fat milk can help with hydration.
  • Electrolytes for extended activity: If you’ll be sweating a lot due to intense exercise or spending extended hours outdoors, consider electrolyte-containing beverages or sports drinks. However, be mindful of sugar content in these drinks, and prioritize water alongside them.

Additional tips for staying hydrated in summer:

  • Carry a reusable water bottle: Having a water bottle with you serves as a constant reminder to drink and makes it easy to stay topped up throughout the day.
  • Flavor it up: Add slices of lemon, cucumber, or berries to your water for a refreshing twist.
  • Freeze fruits into ice cubes: These will add a subtle flavor to your water as they melt and keep your drink cool.
  • Set reminders: Use phone alarms or apps to remind yourself to take sips of water throughout the day.

By following these tips, you can ensure you stay hydrated throughout the summer and enjoy the warm weather without throat complications.

Disclaimer: This is general information and not a substitute for professional medical advice. All advice and suggestions offered via the website or newsletters should be discussed with a physician prior to being implemented. Always consult a physician for specific guidance, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions. SurgOne, PC and ENTOne PC are not liable for any adverse reactions that may occur by implementing advice or suggestions that appear here.

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