Stay Hydrated this Summer

Brought to you by Tina Hausner – PharmD

Dehydration can happen any time of year but is especially common during the hot summer months when you lose water through sweat.

It is important to drink 8 cups of water per day, and more if while exercising, working, or spend a lot of time outside.

Here are some tips for good hydration:

  • Start and end your day with a cup of water. You body loses about two cups while sleeping and this will help replenish this loss.
  • Drink before you feel thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty you have probably lost at least two cups of water.
  • Don’t substitute alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is a diuretic and will cause increased water loss through urination.
  • As a general rule, you can tell how well hydrated you are by the color of your urine. Darker colors indicate dehydration.
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