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!