Dehydration Prevention Tips For Summer Activities!

It sounds like a no brainer – but in order to prevent dehydration, you should just drink fluids, right? Well while it is still that easy, there are a few extra steps you can take to help lower your risk of dehydration.

  • 1-2 hours before going outside to do yard work, go to the beach or work out – drink at least 15 ounces of water. *A helpful hint: drink BEFORE you are even thirsty!
  • During outdoor activities, drink as much needed.
  • Immediately after any outdoor activities, drink 12 ounces every 10-15 minutes.

What types of fluids should you drink?

  • Water is the best choice for any situation.
  • Sports drinks are best for any physical activity such as exercising – these help replenish sodium and potassium, which are lost when sweating.
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks. These types of fluids increase urination which promotes dehydration.
  • Fruit drinks, while okay, may end up upsetting your stomach or lack the sodium needed for hydration. Add water to any fruit drinks or fruit juices to give it a little extra dilution.

Staying properly hydrated will help keep your summer activities safe and fun for everyone. If you feel as though you become dehydrated, seek medical attention right away!


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