Summer Heat Challenges Fluid Intake
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
The heat of summer makes it easy to remember to drink water, but are you drinking enough?
Staying well-hydrated is essential to maintaining adequate blood volume, energy levels and body functions.
Most people should consume at least eight to 12 cups per day. However, the exact amount depends on your activity level, the outdoor temperature and your body composition.
If you're working or playing outside, your hydration needs are higher. In addition, if you have more muscle than fat, you also need more liquid. And of course, with hot, humid days the need goes up.
One quick estimation of dehydration is to check the color of your urine. You want it to be pale to colorless. Stay well-hydrated by drinking water, decaf beverages, juices, milk and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.