Thursday, June 17, 2010
Drink More Fluids During Hot Weather
How do you know how much fluid you need?
Children need from 4-11 cups of total water (total beverages, including water) a day. Adults need from 9-13 cups of total water (total beverages, including water) a day. The amount depends on your age, gender, level of physical activity, altitude and climate. During hot weather, you will need more, but don’t go by thirst alone. To prevent dehydration it’s important to drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day, even before going outdoors. One way to tell if you are drinking enough fluids is to check the color of your urine. Your urine should be light yellow in color. If it is a dark color, you need to drink more.
Will fluids other than water work?
Juice, tea, sports drinks and soft drinks are mostly water. However, you are often consuming calories unnecessarily without nutritional benefits. Eat your calories rather than drink your calories… Make water your number one beverage of choice.