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Summer Heat: 3 Tips to Staying Hydrated

By Virginia Laird

Staying hydrated can be a difficult task for many, especially those who do not love water. It can prove to be even more of a struggle in the heat of the summer. Dehydration is one of the top reasons people seek medical attention during the summer months. It can be easily avoided with some conscious commitment to getting enough to drink. Drinking water is one of the best things that can be done to encourage good health. There are many things that can be done to help decrease the odds of getting dehydrated.

Drink ... Then Drink Some More

Never stop drinking water. It is recommended that people should drink half of his or her weight in ounces of water every day. This can seem like a lot of water. Drinking water helps the body to absorb nutrients, can help control cravings and caloric intake, and can help the muscles feel energized.

Reach for a Sports Drink

For those who are not lovers of water, a good choice is sports drinks. Although some argue these are full of sugar, they are also filled with electrolytes that give the body energy to keep moving. Sports drinks are a far better choice than soda or even juice. With a variety of flavors available, you are certain to find one that meets your taste.

Carry a Water Bottle (or Cup) at All Times

Don’t allow for any excuses when it comes to staying hydrated. One of the very best things that can be done is carrying a water bottle (or cup) everywhere. This can serve as a subtle reminder to drink. Water fountains are found almost everywhere, this allows the bottle to be easily refilled. With a plethora of types, styles, and colors, it can be easy to find a water bottle to meet your needs.

No Time for Dry Mouth

Have you ever had the feeling of a dry mouth? It can be miserable and annoying. Dry mouth can be one of the first signs of dehydration. The best way to combat this feeling is to sip on water. Making a point to take (at least) a sip of water every hour can help prevent dry mouth and increase hydration levels.  

It is never too late to begin good water drinking habits. Remember: In summer heat, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

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