As we become more active outside in the summer months, we sweat more. It takes a few more drinks of water to stay healthy and hydrated.
But, it’s easy to forget — especially if you are stuck in a tie-breaker match or running after your children at the playground. Keeping a water bottle close by might be a good reminder.
The CDC recommends increasing your fluid intake when outside in hot weather and/or when you are doing vigorous activities.
Here are some CDC hydration tips:
- Carry a water bottle in your purse, backpack or satchel for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
- Freeze water in freezer-safe bottles. Take them with you for ice-cold water all day long.
- Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
- Give your water flavor by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. You might drink more water than you usually do if it tastes better.
If you are afraid that you are becoming dehydrated, seek medical assistance.
Here are some signs of heat stroke, from one of the EPA official blogs:
- Skin is flushed, red and dry
- Little or no sweating
- Deep breathing
- Dizziness, headache, and/or fatigue
- Less urine is produced, of a dark yellowish color
- Confusion, loss of consciousness
- In adults, hallucinations and aggression
Helpful link: When you are out in the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen.