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Beat the Heat: The Importance of Hydration During the Summer

June 28, 2018

Since everyone is enjoying more time outdoors right now, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated.  Nearly 65% of the body is made up of water. The water we consume regulates our body temperature, optimizes blood pressure, aids digestion, and helps overall body movement and function.

When the body does not have enough water and becomes dehydrated, muscles start cramping, the body suffers from fatigue and the brain does not function properly. 

“There are several signs to look for if you feel you may be dehydrated. Loss of appetite, mild constipation, dry mouth, dark colored urine, and temporary lightheadedness are all symptoms of dehydration. Even the simple symptom of thirst could be a sign your body needs water” says athletic trainer Kaley Russin.

When weather warms up and the body is more prone to water loss through sweating and evaporation, its important to increase your water intake to keep the body hydrated. 

“The daily amount for water intake varies and is dependent upon your weight, age, and activity level. It is recommended that the average person consumes eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. I recommend that athletes consume plenty of water and even fuel up on a sports drink to help maintain electrolyte levels, ” says Russin. 

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