Snack Toward Summer Hydration

salad Now that summer is just around the corner, the temperature is going to keep rising here in Williams Lake, BC. With that being said it’s important that all of us take the time to pay a little closer attention to our hydration in the face of this heat.

Why?

Because a large portion of trips to the emergency room during the summer months can be attributed to dehydration. We hear about it each year – frequent and persistent headaches, lethargy throughout the day despite getting enough sleep, and even a few fainting spells. Most of the time the culprit for all of this can be traced back to dehydration.

But, what does all of this have to do with dentistry or Dr. Rudy Wassenaar?

More than you might think, actually.

Proper hydration affects the amount of saliva your mouth is able to produce. When you are dehydrated your mouth can’t produce the amount of saliva necessary to naturally fend off decay-causing bacteria. With that in mind, it might be easier to see how being dehydrated too often can not only affect your bodily health but your oral health as well.

So, how do we prevent all of this?

Most people turn to increasing the amount of clear fluids they drink on a daily basis.

However, did you know that drinking copious amounts of water and other clear fluids are not the only ways to fend off dehydration during hot weather?

You can snack your way to better hydration. Here’s how.

Snacks That Will Aid Your Daily Hydration

There are plenty of foods that are surprisingly hydrating. Soup, oatmeal, and yogurt are all great examples of items both edible and hydrating. However, not everyone wants to eat a steaming bowl of soup or oatmeal on a hot day and many people aren’t friendly with dairy.

Luckily, there is actually a plethora of foods that are naturally hydrating and require no preparation of heat to be so. We’re talking about fresh fruits and veggies here.

Many times, the majority of a fruit or vegetable’s composition is made up of water. This is a great thing if you are looking to increase your hydration via ingesting food.

So, which ones are the most hydrating? We have a short list right here for you;

  • Cucumbers – 96 percent water with the added bonus of being a great course for vitamin K, B6, and iron.
  • Strawberries – A whopping 92 percent water plus fiber and vitamin C.
  • Celery – Not just for people on diets. Celery is made up of an impressive 96 percent water. It also contains a healthy amount of essential minerals, potassium, and vitamin K.
  • Watermelon – 92 percent water. What makes watermelon especially hydrating is the fact that it contains naturally occurring electrolytes in the form of salt.

We hope the above facts have inspired you to get out and get yourself some edible hydration this summer.

Until next time readers, keep smiling.

 

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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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