By Ryan Randall

Throughout the year, it’s important to stay hydrated in the Florida heat, but it’s even more pertinent to do so in the summer months, when it’s the hottest time of the year. Dehydration can result in symptoms as simple as overheating to those more dangerous, like kidney stones. With temperatures averaging 92 degrees in July and August, one can sweat many things, but proper hydration doesn’t have to be
one of them.

One way to combat dehydration is to remain mindful of one’s liquid intake. Sodas or energy drinks that are high in sugar or caffeine can dehydrate the body, while fruit juices may have too many carbohydrates. It is suggested to drink two to four glasses of water (the equivalent of 16-32 ounces) every two hours. Keeping ice in your water and in containers that can keep liquids cool, such as stainless steel tumblers, will also help you stay better hydrated. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, it is important to continue to drink water throughout the day.

If the taste (or lack thereof) of water isn’t ideal, there are plenty of ways to add flavor to your beverage. Adding slices of lemon will not only help keep you hydrated and add flavor, but also can increase your Vitamin C intake and aid with digestion. The potassium found in lime slices also make the fruit another strong choice. Other options for healthy flavoring are cucumber slices, which are rich in Vitamin B-5 and electrolytes, and can help your body detox.

As we are now in one of the hottest months of the year, we must stay hydrated throughout the humid days. By avoiding sugary, caffeinated beverages and going for water (sometimes even dressed up with lemon or other natural flavors), throughout the day, we can combat the  Florida heat. ◆

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