Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

The scorching summer sun is upon us. That means it’s time to arm ourselves with one of the most crucial tools for staying cool and healthy – hydration! Hydration helps regulate body temperature, preventing heat-related issues like heat exhaustion or heatstroke. In the heat, our bodies lose water through sweat, which can leave us dehydrated. Dehydration is more than just being very thirsty — it can make us very sick. So to stay safe, you need to stay hydrated.

Here are some handy tips to quench your thirst for a refreshing summer experience: 

  1. Drink Plenty of Water: The best way to stay hydrated is to drink enough water throughout the day. Drink regularly throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Remember that water is essential for the proper functioning of our organs, digestion, and circulation. Staying hydrated ensures our body systems operate smoothly, promoting overall well-being.
  2. Infuse with Flavor: If plain water is too bland for your taste buds, add a twist of natural flavor with slices of lemon, cucumber, mint or a packet of flavor. These infused waters can make hydration more enjoyable.
  3. Avoid Sugary Drinks: While a cold soda might seem tempting, sugary drinks can lead to dehydration. Opt for water or natural fruit juices instead.
  4. Hydrate Before, During, and After Work: Make sure to hydrate before starting any activity.
  5. Know the signs of dehydration: Familiarize yourself with the signs of dehydration, such as feeling excessively thirsty, having a dry or sticky mouth, fatigue, headache and dizziness. If you experience these symptoms, prioritize rehydration to prevent further complications.


  1. Think about your hydration habits. Do you need to use any specific strategies to remind yourself to drink more water? 
  2. What are some other strategies you use to stay safe while it’s hot outside?