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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:24am
CNN — Hot temperatures mean more people are spending time outdoors and being active, both reasons to pay attention to proper hydration in the summer. Think you got all of your facts straight when it comes to your H2O IQ?
Whether you're at the beach or in the backyard this summer, practicing good hydration habits is essential. Paying attention to hydration during summer is going to enable you to enjoy your summer without feeling too fatigued. You get some water thru foods like fruits and vegetables, but 80% of your hydration comes from water and other liquids.
Experts said to make sure you outpace your thirst. You do not want to get thirsty. When you're thirsty, you're already mildly dehydrated.
A common myth is to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day. Experts said that's the bare minimum. Start off with that eight and build up from there. Aim for about nine glasses for women and 12 for men, whether it's from the tap or bottled. Just because water comes out of a bottle, does not mean it's safer.
Some drinks hydrate more than others. Water is a perfect hydration policy. Some caffeinated beverages are ok too but be wary of alcohol. it dehydrates.
These are just some tips to help you think, or re-think, your drink.