Water Works

Are you drinking enough water? If not, you could face the dangers of dehydration, which can lead to severe complications. Symptoms include increased thirst, dry mouth and swollen tongue, weakness, dizziness, palpitations, confusion, sluggishness, inability to sweat, and decreased urine output.

In the dog days of summer, keep these helpful hydration hints handy:

  • Eat healthy: Fruits and veggies such as melons, lettuce, and citrus fruit are high in water. (Food accounts for about 1/5 of your daily water intake.)
  • Add a splash of fruit: If you’re bored by the clear stuff, squeeze a lemon, lime, or orange to add flavor.
  • Keep a water bottle nearby: Carry it with you throughout the day and refill often.
  • Load up: If you plan to spend most of the day outside, drink water before, during, and after each activity. The amount you need depends on the outdoor temperature and your body weight.
  • Drinks to avoid: Beer, wine, and caffeinated drinks may increase dehydration.
  • Beep, beep: If you’re absent–minded when it comes to hydration, set an alarm to remind yourself “it’s water time.”

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