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According to the EPA, between 1979 and 2014, over 9,000 Americans died from a heat-related illness. Hydration is one of the most important health care needs during the long, hot summer months. It is generally recommended that you drink six 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but that number can vary depending on your size, need, age, exercise regimen, and whether you have a chronic illness. 

The primary benefit of staying hydrated is a healthy body. Good hydration helps with muscle and joint functionality, keeping skin supple and moist, flushing toxins from your system, improving your ability to concentrate, and assisting in keeping your heart and other organs healthy.

How do you know if you are dehydrated? You may be thirsty or experiencing fatigue or headaches. Severe dehydration may lead to organ and heart damage. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or sweating out in the warm summer temperatures, remember to hydrate!

Raschid Ghoorahoo, FNP-BC, NP-C
LewisGale Physicians
Salem | 540.772.3490

Through its newest column Healthy Observations, OurHealth Roanoke & New River Valleys magazine partners with area physicians and health organizations to raise awareness about conditions and topics tied to specific national health recognition days, weeks and months during the year.  

As you travel along life’s journey, it can be fun to step back and take a look at how far you’ve come. That holds true in the journey toward better health as well. Working with your primary care doctor to make healthy lifestyle adjustments pays off in both the short and the long term.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to focus on the disease that is the second largest cancer killer of men in the United States.

Getting on the road to good health is often easier than staying on it. Today, many people have — or are at risk of developing — common chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. Oftentimes, those health concerns prompt them to visit a primary care physician.

Primary care physicians are our partners on the road to good health. They urge us to get our vaccinations and preventive health screenings. They’re the ones reminding us to eat healthy and exercise.  

Your health is as unique as you are. It’s shaped by a combination of many factors — age, weight, gender, genetics, environment and lifestyle choices. In your first visit with your primary care provider, the doctor assesses each of these components and develops a care plan specific to you. Then it’s your turn. You have to act on that plan. You have to “do your care.”