Keeping properly hydrated in the heat

What is the best option for you?

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In your efforts to stay cool on this hot, humid day, it’s important to take steps to keep you and your family well hydrated.

The best, healthiest, zero calorie option for everyone is of course, water. But if you’re going to be exercising at all or being active outside, sports drinks could work a little better for you.

That’s because they will replenish your electrolytes you lose when you sweat. You don’t want to reach for just any brand and flavor, though. Over the past few decades, Americans have been consuming too many calories in the form of sodas, juices and sports drinks, but fortunately today there are a ton of zero-calorie, sugar free sports drinks.

If you have a hard time remembering to drink water in general, there are some things you can do to make it more appealing — like adding fresh fruit, explained Baystate Medical Center Dietitian Paula Serafino-Cross.

“Our seniors, older people sometimes their sodium level in their blood drops too low. They need something with a little more in it. Milk, almond, or soy milk would be fine for seniors to hydrate,” Serafino-Cross said.

If you’re going to be at cookouts or on the beach and drinking alcohol, it’s really important to balance it with water or other drinks. Alcohol is a diuretic which makes you lose fluids even faster than you already are in the hot sun.

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