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Summer Hydration


Summer Hydration Tips

Think of water as fuel for the body.

Staying hydrated is important during the summer. The temperature is soaring and your body requires more water to keep it operating efficiently. Water is fuel for your body. Therefore, fill your tank with water during the day to keep the heart pumping strong and the blood flowing through your blood vessels. Ignoring the body's water requirements places an undue strain on the body, and makes your heart work harder to keep the blood pumping. Let's take a closer look at dehydration, dehydration causes, and basic water requirements.

Dehydration
Dehydration is a warning that your body is low on fluids. Signs that your body is quickly approaching dehydration include unusual thirst, swollen feet, headaches, light headed feeling, inability to sweat, and very dark urine.

Dehydration Causes
Not drinking water
Drinking Alcohol
Health Conditions
Excess Physical Activity
Taking Certain Medications

Water Requirements
Water requirements vary, and requirements depend on a number of independent factors. For example, the time of year, health condition, weight, age, and more.

How to Get Recommended Water Requirements

Eat water packed fresh fruit. Double up on watermelon, cantaloupes, peaches. And other fresh fruit that is in season.

Carry a 16 Oz bottle of water with you. If you start feeling dizzy, sluggish, tired. (Signs of dehydration) Find a shady spot. Take a few sips of a cool drink and relax in the shade.

Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal to make sure you drink enough water daily.

Hydrate before, during, and after strenuous exercise. And make sure you drink adequate amounts of water to replace water lost sweating, through exertion, or extensive exercise sessions.

Drink in moderation at social gatherings or substitute sparkling water. Alcohol has a tendency to cause dehydration.

Sources:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Staying-Hydrated---Staying-Healthy_UCM_441180_Article.jsp

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