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3 key ways to stay hydrated all summer

June 9, 2014

As the temperatures climb and summer kicks into full swing, out come the shorts, T-shirts and sandals as Americans aim to stay comfortable and beat the heat. But as important as clothing may be to keeping cool, staying hydrated should take priority. Most of us know that water is a key component to health and well-being, but all too often, particularly when it's hot out, people don't get the type of water they need to avoid becoming dehydrated. "If you're well hydrated, your heart doesn't have to work as hard," said John Batson, M.D., sports medicine physician and volunteer for the American Heart Association. Even mild forms of dehydration can lead to health issues, ranging from headaches and swollen feet to more serious, potentially life-threatening effects like disorientation, light-headedness or heat stroke. How much water does the average person need in a day? Most health experts say it should be between at least six and eight 8-ounce glasses of water. However, because people perform differing amounts of exercise and physical activity, it could be several additional glasses, particularly for those who sweat a lot. Bottom-line: Your top consideration this summer should be to stay hydrated. These tips should help you and your family avoid that parched feeling: 1. Try to stick with water. With a variety of drinks like lemonade, iced coffee, soda pop and smoothies, why drink Adam's Ale when there are more flavorful options? Health experts agree that the best way to remain hydrated is with water, which helps replace electrolytes like sodium and potassium that are lost through perspiration. However, after profuse sweating, it may be best to have a drink that's more substantial, like Gatorade, which is used widely among athletes. 2. Don't let thirst be your only guide. You've probably heard it before, but it's true - the moment that you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated. If you find yourself rarely longing for a drink, odds are you're doing a good job of staying hydrated. But that's not the only way to determine this. For example, if your urine is a medium or dark yellow, it likely means that you're not getting enough water. 3. Make sure you eat. Staying hydrated isn't only about the liquid forms of sustenance. According to the Institute of Medicine, 20 percent of the average person's water intake comes from food. In short, make sure you're getting a minimum of three meals a day, particularly from food sources with high H20 content, like fruits and vegetables.
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