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How to Stay Hydrated in Summer Heat

Summer is a time to be outdoors and enjoy your favorite activities. Whether you are gardening, golfing, walking the dog or sitting on the deck watching the birds, protecting yourself from dehydration due to excessive heat is important.

Here are a few helpful suggestions to include more fluids in your day and protect yourself from dehydration:

  • Drink a glass of water before you go outdoors or exercise, especially on a hot day.
  • Remember to have a glass of water if you need to take a pill.
  • Keep a water bottle or glass handy so you can sip on it throughout the day.
  • Consider ideas other than water, such as soup, stew, broth, Jell-O, fruit juice, smoothies, sports drinks, grapes or watermelon as an afternoon snack.

NDSU Extension has resources on its Aging Well website to help you stay healthy. You also can contact your local county office of the Extension Service for more information.

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