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Tips on how to Stay Hydrated in the Heat

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Onalaska, Wisconsin (NEWS RELEASE) - With forecasted highs in June nearing 90 degrees and higher humidity, it is crucial to stay well hydrated.
 
According to healthcare experts at Gundersen Health System, water is the number one drink you should be consuming. Not only does it play a role in regulating body temperature, but it removes waste, cushions joints, and protects your tissue/organs.
 
While five to eight daily servings of water are a general guideline, your body's needs may vary. You should drink water or another healthy beverage with every meal, and then sip on water throughout the day. When exercising, especially in hot or humid weather, you will need to increase your fluid intake.
 
Even if you don't like water you can still stay hydrated. If you don't like water plain, try and flavor it with a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber or try unsweetened tea. Eating plenty of produce is also hydrating; 20% of your fluid intake comes from food sources like fruits and vegetables.
 
Lastly, sports drinks should be limited and soda should be completely eliminated. Soda can have the opposite effect on your body-- it can dehydrate it.
 
Try these tips to stay hydrated in the potentially dangerously hot conditions. For more information contact your primary care provider.
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