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Water is Key to Beat the Heat

Today is supposed it is supposed to be 102 degrees in the Triangle according to WRAL.  That’s Hot!

One of the keys to staying safe in the heat is making sure you stay hydrated.  According to WakeMed Corporate Wellness Services Dietitian Stacy Moretz, men need to 125 fl. oz. of water a day (15 ½, 8 oz cups) and women need 91 fl. oz. of water a day just to stay hydrated.  (normally 80 percent of this water should come from liquids and 20 percent from the food you eat)

But, these water requirements do not take into account when the weather is really hot and you are losing water due to sweat.  According to Moretz, a good rule of thumb is to drink enough water in hot weather to maintain your body weight.  If you exercise outside and lose 2 lbs, then you need to drink 2L of water to replace the lost fluid.  If you feel thirsty, then that is a sure fire sign that you are already dehydrated.

Also, check out these previous blogs about staying safe in the heat.

Staying Safe in the Heat

Baby It’s Hot Outside