Staying Hydrated During Summer Months

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Updated: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:11:28 EST

The summer months can be brutal to your bodies.

It's recommended that you drink plenty of water, of course, but that's not all. Losing water isn't all that happens when you start to become dehydrated.

Dr. Jennifer Evans at First Choice Primary Care in Macon says the body also loses nutrients.

"When people are dehydrated, they are also losing sodium, potassium, such electrolytes," Evans said.

Some signs of dehydration include dry mouth, fever, canker sores, constipation, kidney stones, extremely yellow urine or fainting. The best fruits to combat dehydration are those that contain water like watermelons, apples, blueberries and raspberries.

Vegetables that contain water are squash, broccoli, salad, cabbage and cucumbers.

You can also tackle dehydration in a sweet way with jello, which is has a 90 percent content of water. Other sweet treats to give your mouth that watery feeling include fruit cups and apple sauce.

It is also important to limit strenuous outdoor activities and move  comfortable environments with a moderate temperature. It's obviously not possible to stay indoors for months at a time during the summer--you'll miss all the fun.

Doctors say you should make a check of how you're feeling and head off dehydration before it starts.

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