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Newton Talks: Beating dehydration in the summer heat

Published: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 10:01 a.m. CDT

As temperatures soar, warm weather activities can increase the risk of dehydration. Not getting enough fluids, especially when it is hot outside, can pose serious health problems for anyone, but the elderly are at particular risk for dehydration.

Drinking plenty of fluids is the key to staying hydrated and water is the best choice. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water. In the summer heat, drink fluids throughout the entire day.

Drinking plenty of fluids and eating fruit will help keep you hydrated during the hot summer months. Try adding a cup of fresh berries to your yogurt, cereal or dessert, or add slices of cucumber and a few leaves of lettuce to wraps and sandwiches. Flavored water with ice, or even soup with plenty of broth can be a source of fluids and seems more like a meal and less like a drink. Popsicle, milkshakes, and smoothies are another refreshing way to stay hydrated. These may not seem like a lot, but every little bit counts and including these items on a daily basis can prevent dehydration.

CareMore wants you to stay cool and hydrated during the summer of 2017.

Care More Clinic is located at 1530 East Euclid Avenue in Des Moines. They see Medicaid patients age 14 and up. Call them today at 515-989- 6001 to see if you qualify for a Home Visit by a doctor. CareMore. That’s what we do.

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