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August 6, 2014

How to Prevent Heatstroke & Stay Hydrated This Summer

As we make our way through the hottest months of the year, staying hydrated is an essential part of staying healthy and feeling your best. While we’re busy soaking up the sun and enjoying the summer weather, it can be all too easy to forget about the dangers of heatstroke and the importance of staying hydrated. According to the Center for Disease Control, there were an average of 618 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999-2010.

As temperatures reach record-breaking highs and enter triple digits in some parts of the country, the human body needs water to stay cool and function properly. If the body is not properly hydrated, symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke can strike within a matter of minutes.

Heatstroke can cause the body’s temperature to rise rapidly, with internal temperatures ranging from 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit to more than 106 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of 15 minutes.

Heatstroke is preceded by heat exhaustion, which includes symptoms of nausea, muscle cramping, heavy sweating and a weak pulse. In the case of heat exhaustion, it is imperative to stop any strenuous activities, get out of the heat and drink a small amount of cool water.

An essential part of preventing heatstroke involves staying on top of how much water you’re drinking. Rather than waiting until you feel thirsty before you reach for a glass of water, get in the habit of drinking water throughout the day. With the human body requiring 9-13 cups of water each day, here are seven tips that can help you drink more water daily.

Do you have any tips or tricks for beating the summer heat? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!