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.