Temps on rise, stay hydrated

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2016

To combat the summer heat, Durrell Martin and the rest of the crew at Hawkeye Lawn Care stay hydrated by keeping a cooler mostly full of water.

“I drink mostly water, lots and lots of water but I will drink two Gatorades a day,” Martin said.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), temperatures will be in the 90s for the rest of the week.

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According to the American Heart Association (AHA), proper hydration is important for heart health.

The AHA also has some tips for staying hydrated, which include:

• Know how much water you need. If you perspire heavily, have diabetes or heart disease you will need to drink more than others.

• Water is best. Fruit juices, and sugary drinks are hard on the stomach. Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks should be avoided as well.

• Hydrate while active and non-active. Whether you are exercising, playing sports, or sitting in the sun hydration is important.

• Avoid early afternoon hours between noon to 3 p.m. if possible. This is the time the sun is at its strongest.

While hydration is key, some warning signs of dehydration include thirst, dry or sticky mouth, dry or cool skin, headache, muscle cramps, not urinating much or darker-colored urine.

-Savannah Peak