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Stay Heat Healthy By Drinking Enough Fluids This Summer

Posted June 12, 2001

— The heat is not just uncomfortable, it can be deadly. Each year, hundreds of people die from heat illness. And all the protection most folks need is a bottle of water or sports drink.

Sweating is your body's air conditioner, but you have to replace the fluid you lose or you will overheat. So how much do you need to drink? It depends on your age and level of activity.

To keep track of how many ounces you are drinking try this trick: One adult-size gulp equals one ounce of fluid. For kids, one gulp equals one half-ounce of fluid.

The warning signs of dehydration include:

  • headache
  • dry lips
  • weakness
  • nausea
  • muscle cramping
  • If you notice someone becoming disoriented or losing consciousness, seek medical help immediately.

    Health Team Photographer:

    Ken Bodine

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