The effects of dehydration are often overlooked, especially by students who are on the go all day long and rely on caffeinated beverages and soft drinks to quench their thirst. However, those types of beverages can often do more harm than good when it comes to hydration. That’s why I always remind my young patients of the importance of drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day – more if you’re a student-athlete. Dehydration can cause significant physical and mental issues, including weakness, irritability, exhaustion, the inability to concentrate, and more. Carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout your day, aim to drink it during class, and refill between classes.
Contributors: Dena Nader from MedExpress Urgent Care