6 Ways To Beat the Summer Heat and Stay Hydrated

The importance of staying hydrated increases during the warm Summer months. During this time of year, you not only need hydration to fuel your health and body, but also to avoid sun poisoning or heat exhaustion. Have a safe and fun Summer of many adventures, but keep these tips in mind wherever your Summer takes you!

1. Keep Water Accessible
The best way you can stay hydrated is by simply keeping water accessible. It can be easy to head outside and forget to grab a water bottle. Make this a priority by keeping one by your keys on top of your water bottle. Another way you can keep water accessible is by using a hydration pack. These are backpacks that typically hold more water than a water bottle and are great for day long events or hikes.

2. Set Reminders
If you are planning on being outside all day, setting reminders on your phone is a great way to remember to stay hydrated. Set the reminders for one time per hour and make sure you drink a significant amount of water each time. It can be easy to get swept up in the fun of wherever you may be. Use phone reminders to keep you safe and hydrated.

3. Eat Water-Rich Foods
When you are not drinking water, eating foods with a high water content is another way you can nourish your body. Fruits and vegetables are best for this. At the same time, avoid salty, processed foods that will dehydrate you.

4. Limit Caffeine or Alcohol
Like salty or processed foods, caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate you. Stick with water if you are going to be outside in the sun for an extended period of time to stay hydrated and avoid the dehydrating effects of beverages with caffeine and alcohol.

5. Drink Water Even When You Are Not Thirsty
A common misconception is that you should only drink water when you are thirsty. Many times, you will not feel that you are dehydrated, even if you are. The best way to avoid this pitfall is by drinking water even when you are not thirsty. If you see others drinking water, take this reminder as an opportunity to drink some of your own — thirsty or not.

6. Find Some Shade
Another way to stay hydrated in the Summer heat is by escaping the direct sunlight. The warmer your body is, the more you sweat. You need to drink water to replenish the liquids that your body will sweat out. When you are not drinking more water, try to find some shade and cool off. You will feel great in the shade and you will help your body recover from the heat outside.

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