Staying Hydrated in the Heat
By Brandi Goodman
A hot summer day can be enjoyable, but it can also turn miserable quickly if you aren't careful. The heat can be detrimental to your health if you aren't taking precautions. There are plenty of ways to stay hydrated in the heat so you can enjoy your outdoor time while staying safe.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water will be your best friend on a hot day. You need to be drinking plenty of it if you want to replace what you're losing through sweat and make sure your body is well-hydrated. Proper hydration helps your body feel good and function to the best of its ability. Get dehydrated and you'll quickly feel unwell.
Choose Hydrating Meals and Snacks
You can get hydration from the foods you eat as well. Don't eat junk food and burgers all summer long. Instead, indulge in fresh fruits and crisp vegetables that improve your vitamin intake while also hydrating your body. Watermelon, berries, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes are great options.
Your skin needs proper hydration if it's going to hold up against the heat. Fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes are likely if you aren't keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized. Use a lightweight moisturizer that applies comfortably and makes your skin feel soft and smooth. An oily option isn't recommended.
Choose 100 Percent Juice for Your Kids
Kids need water as well, but juice often calls their name instead. It's fine to give your kids on occasion, but be sure you're choosing 100 percent juice options for them. Don't get the sugar-filled versions. Juice can provide important vitamins and nutrients while also keeping your kiddos hydrated. Use it for yourself as well instead of turning to soda pop or other beverages.
Stay Out of Direct Sunlight
It will be difficult to stay completely hydrated and feeling well if you're directly in the sun at the hottest time of day. Go out in the early morning or not until evening if you want to avoid the hottest part of the day that will have the sun's harmful rays beating down on you. If you are outside during these dangerous hours, at least find a shady spot that can help keep you cool.
Always stay hydrated and keep yourself healthy when you're out in the heat. It's too easy to get dehydrated and experience negative symptoms. With proper hydration and staying out of the direct sun during the hottest hours, you're more likely to enjoy your outdoor time and return home safe and well.
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