As we enter the Dog Days of Summer and reach triple-digit temperatures, an important way to fight the heat is to stay well hydrated. In the summer months, when temperatures and humidity are higher than we’re used to, it is easy to become dehydrated.
When a person does not drink enough
fluids to replace the fluids that are lost during the day through sweating, urination, and
breathing, they become dehydrated.
How do we know if we
are well hydrated and why is it important?
One of the easiest ways is to
check the color of your urine. If you
are well hydrated, your urine should be pale yellow or similar to the color of
lemonade. If it's the color of orange
juice, start drinking more. Not
staying well hydrated greatly increases a person’s risk of heat exhaustion and
may lead to heat stroke, which requires hospitalization and may be
Are all beverages
When it comes to what hydrates the body most quickly, water,
sport drink and diluted 100% fruit juice (half water, half juice) are the
drinks of choice. Beverages like soda,
milk, or full strength juice contain other stuff that slows down how fast they
can be absorbed from the stomach. That "other stuff" includes higher amounts of sugars, protein,
and maybe fat. If you're drinking something
other than water, be aware of the added calories!
In the heat, people also tend to drink more if
the beverages are cold. You can add ice or keep a water pitcher in the fridge for
easy access. Try adding sliced lemons,
oranges, other fruit, or cucumbers to the water for delicious flavor.
key to staying hydrated in
the summer heat is to drink plenty of water. It's best to consume water in small amounts throughout
the day. So carry and drink from your
favorite water bottle throughout the day - it'll keep you hydrated!