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Get adequate hydration all year-long

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

From the hot, sultry days of summer to the bone-chilling days of winter, your body needs water to maintain its normal temperature.

Staying well-hydrated is important no matter what the weather. Extreme temperatures act more quickly to dehydrate the body, making it important to drink water-based beverages even though you may not feel like it. Try to drink eight 8-ounce glasses every day, with increased amounts for added activity. If you spend lots of time outside, your need will increase.

Beverages that best meet hydration needs include water, juices, milk or caffeine-free coffee or tea. Carrying a water bottle makes it easy to remember to drink. Alternating water and coffee in your mug is another way to meet your needs.

This tip was provided by Kelley Steen, clinical dietitian at Central Peninsula Hospital, courtesy of the American Dietetic Association's public relations team.

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