This upcoming week is supposed to be one of the hottest weeks of the year. Extreme heat can be a dangerous situation for many people. It is very important to stay hydrated. As summer temperatures hit, here are a few tips.
– Drink enough water to prevent thirst. Start drinking before you feel thirsty.
– Monitor fluid loss by checking the color of your urine. It should be pale yellow and not dark yellow.
– Drink all fluids, including tea, coffee, juices, milk and soups (though excluding alcohol, which is extremely dehydrating). The amount of caffeine in tea and coffee does not discount the fluid in them, even if they have a slight diuretic effect, according to the most recent report by the National Research Council's Food and Nutrition Board.
– Eat at least five cups of fruits and vegetables per day for optimum health, as they all contain various levels of water and the all-important nutrient potassium. Good choices for fruit and vegetables that are hydrating, include, watermelon, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, strawberries, and cantaloupe.
– Try to exercise either early in the day or early in the evening when the sun is not as strong.
Last but not least, take it slow, don’t overdue anything, pace yourself and keep hydrated.
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